Associate Professor Andrekos Varnava


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Research Biography

Associate Professor Andrekos Varnava, FRHistS, was born (1979) and raised in Melbourne to Cypriot-born parents, obtained his BA(Honours) from Monash University (2001) and his PhD (2006) from the University of Melbourne. He is the author of three monographs: British Cyprus and the Long Great War, 1914-1925: Empire, Loyalties and Democratic Deficit (forthcoming, Routledge 2019); Serving the Empire in the Great War: The Cypriot Mule Corps, Imperial Loyalty and Silenced Memory (ManU Press 2017; ppk.2019) and British Imperialism in Cyprus, 1878-1915: The Inconsequential Possession (ManU Press 2009; ppk.2012). He has edited/co-edited eight volumes, the most recent being: Comic Empires: The Imperialism of Cartoons, Caricature and Satirical Art (ManU Press, forthcoming 2019); Australia, Migration and Empire: Immigrants in a Globalised World (forthcoming, Palgrave Macmillan, 2019); The Great War and the British Empire: Culture and Society (Routledge, 2017); Australia and the Great War: Identity, Memory, Mythology (MelbU Press, 2016); Imperial Expectations and Realities: El Dorados, Utopias and Dystopias (ManU Press, 2015). He has co-edited a special issue of Itinerario, 38(3), 2014 and published many book chapters and articles, including in English Historical Review (2017), The Historical Journal (2014), Journal of Modern History (2018) and Historical Research (2014 & 2017), with others forthcoming in Social History of Medicine (2019) and Contemporary British History (2020).

Andrekos also published his first collection of poems, 'In the Aviary of Youthful Freedom', in 2015. Here he recites 'Of Mules and Men', about Serving the Empire.

Research Interests

My research generally falls under the umbrella of imperial/colonial, war/conflict and migration histories and can be subdivided into these categories:

1. British (and to a less extent French) engagement with people from the former Ottoman lands in the Near/Middle East, particularly the Cypriot (1878-1960) and Armenian people (1878-1924).

2. Historical and contemporary themes relating to modern Cyprus, 1815-today.

3. Themes in comparative imperialism, such as El Dorado, utopias, dystopias, liberal imperialism, civil-military relations, public health, and colonial careerism.

4. Themes in migration histories, such as 'suspect communities', surveillance of migrants, immigration controls and migration from the British Mediterranean Empire to the UK and the Empire (including Australia).

5. Popular culture, such as cartoons and protests songs, namely relating to Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens).

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For my book series visit Cyprus Historical and Contemporary Studies, Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Completed Honours Supervisions:

2018: Yianni Cartledge, 'From Classical to Christian: The Chios Massacre (1822) and its effects on British Attitudes towards the Greeks during the Greek War of Independence'.H1

2018: Connor Douglas, 'The Germ Warfare Controversy in the Korean War and Australian-US Relations'.H2B

2015: Tim Mansueto, 'The Minimum-range of Civil War: The Case of Cyprus, 1963-67'.H1

2015: Ellen Whitton, 'Deconstructing and Analysing Film as a Historical Resource'.H1

2014: Casey Raeside, 'The Fourth Estate, War and Democracy: The Case of the Second Afghan War'.H2A

2013: Kieran Mortimer-Murphy, 'French Non-Involvement in the British Occupation of Egypt in 1882'.H2A

2012: Chloe Ward, 'British War-time Propaganda and the Russian Woman'.H1


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