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Professor Andrekos Varnava, FRHistS, was born (1979) and raised in Melbourne to Cypriot-born parents, obtained his BA(Honours) from Monash Uni(2001) and his PhD(2006) from the Uni of Melbourne. He has authored four monographs: Assassination in Colonial Cyprus in 1934 and the Origins of EOKA (Anthem Press, ppk.2021); British Cyprus and the Long Great War, 1914-1925: Empire, Loyalties and Democratic Deficit (Routledge, 2020/ppk.2021); 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). Andrekos has edited/co-edited 16 collections, most recently: Popular Culture and its Relationship to Conflict in the UK and Australia since the Great War (Routledge,2023); New Perspectives on the Greek War of Independence: Myths, Realities, Legacies and Reflections (Palgrave,2022); Exiting War: The British Empire and the 1918-20 Moment, (ManU Press, 2022); After the Armistice: Empire, Endgame and Aftermath (Routledge, 2021); Comic Empires: The Imperialism of Cartoons, Caricature and Satirical Art (ManU Press, 2019/ppk.2022); Australia, Migration and Empire: Immigrants in a Globalised World (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019); and The Great War and the British Empire: Culture and Society (Routledge, 2017). He has co-edited special issues of Australian Historical Studies, 52(1), 2021Contemporary British History, 33(4), 2019 and Itinerario, 38(3), 2014 and published over 50 articles/chapters, including in English Historical Review (2017), The Historical Journal (2014), Journal of Modern History (2018), Historical Research (2014, 2017, 2021), Contemporary British History (2019), Social History of Medicine (2020), Journal of Modern Greek Studies (2020), International History Review (2021), Immigrants & Minorities (2022), Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History (2023) and Labor History (2023). He has over 2,350 google scholar citations and a Wikipedia entry.

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).

To access my publications visit Dr Andrekos Varnava on Academia.edu

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

Completed Honours Supervisions:

Harry Meaney, ‘“Britain’s Empire Shall Live” Interwar British Fascist Perspectives on South Africa and the Survival of the British Empire’. H1

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

Completed Supervisions

Principal Supervisions:
  • Ann Matters, 'British Imperialism in Mesopotamia, 1916-1932' (1)
  • Casey Raeside, 'British Humanitarian Thought, The Morant Bay Massacre, and the Bulgarian Atrocities' (1)
  • Ellen Whitton, 'Filmakers as Historians: The Films of Powell and Pressburger' (1)
  • Iliya Marovich-Old, Challenges to British Imperial Hegemony in the Mediterranean 1919-1940 (1)
  • Kieran Mortimer-Murphy, 'French and British Policy and Culture in Egypt 1798-1841: The Reign of Muhammad Ali and the Eastern Crisis' (1)
  • Marilyn Arnold, 'Promoting Emigration to South Australia from Britain, 1829-c1850: The Importance of Newspapers and other Literature to the South Australian Colonisation Project' (1)
  • Sandra Kearney, 'Finding a Needle in a Haystack. An Examination of the South Australian Red Cross Information Bureau 1915-1919' (1)
  • Stephanie Jacobs, 'My Beloved Enemy: Muslim-Christian Relations in Cyprus prior to Conflict and Division' (1)
Associate Supervisions:
  • Darryl Burrows, Historians at War: Cold War Influences on Anglo-American Representations of the Spanish Civil War (1)
  • Simon King, 'The development and reception of public opinion polling in Australia 1920-1945' (1)
  • Stephanie James, 'Deep green loathing? An examination of shifting Irish - Australian loyalties in the Victorian and South Australian Irish - Catholic press 1868 - 1923' (1)

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, The University of Melbourne

Award Date: 24 Aug 2006

External positions

Honorary Professor, De Monfort University, Leicester

2018 → …


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Research Areas

  • History

Supervisory Interests

  • History, Ottoman Empire and Turkey
  • European imperial expansion and decolonisation
  • History, Cyprus 1191-present
  • Cyprus problem
  • Military history
  • First World War in the Near and Middle East
  • History, Middle Eastern history of cultural, linguistic and religious minorities
  • World War 1
  • South-eastern Europe social, political and cultural change
  • British imperial expansion and decolonisation
  • Armenian genocide
  • History, British Empire
  • British Imperialism


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