Introduction to the History of Cyprus (Continuing Education)
This course aims to introduce students to the history of Cyprus from antiquity to this day, with emphasis on the period from 1878 (the British acquisition of Cyprus) to this day. The course is specially designed for adult distant learners with no former knowledge of the subject. It is supported by fresh educational material (a textbook specifically commissioned for the course, audio-visual resources, etc.), as well as by advanced long-distance learning technologies, which enable the student actively to participate from anywhere in the world.

The main objective of the course is to examine the broad trends that determined the history of the island through the centuries, as well as to enhance knowledge of current conditions in the Eastern Mediterranean. The course is divided into three main sections, elaborating on the interaction between the global, the regional and the internal factors that informed major historical events and personalities in different eras.

First, the course will flick through the long time period between antiquity and the Ottoman rule of the island (1571-1878), discussing Cyprus’ unique historical physiognomy as shaped in these centuries by the impact of a great diversity of cultures (Greek, Assyrian, Persian, Ptolemaic, Roman, Byzantine, Arab, Frankish, Venetian and Ottoman).
Subsequently, we shall explore Cyprus’ development under British rule, that is, between 1878 and 1960. Special points of interest will be: (a) Cyprus’ strategic location at the crossroads between East and West and its importance for British imperial policy; (b) Greece’s effort to achieve ‘Enosis’ (unification) with Cyprus; (c) the Greek-Cypriots’ struggle for self-determination –– mainly the armed campaign of ‘EOKA’ (‘Greek Organisation of Cypriot Freedom Fighters’) in 1955-59 and the events that led to it; the Turkish-Cypriot response to the Enosis demand and their eventual counter-claim for ‘Taxim’ (partition); and (d) the impact of early Cold War developments on international (mainly Western) responses to the Greek cause.

Finally, the course will concentrate on the history of the Republic of Cyprus from its foundation in 1960 to this day. Major topics of this section include: the foreign policy of the Cyprus government; the political and eventually the armed conflict between the Greek and the Turkish communities (1963-4, 1967); the upheaval within the Greek-Cypriot community regarding the perceived abandonment of the Enosis cause and the catastrophic military coup of the Greek Junta against the President and Archbishop Makarios III (July 15, 1974); the consequent Turkish invasion (July 20, 1974) and the role of the Great Powers in it; the attempts to settle the Cyprus Problem from 1974 to 2016, including the current effort spearheaded by the leaders of the two communities; Cyprus’ accession to the European Union and its impact on local society, economy and politics; the economic implosion of 2013 and the course towards recovery; and, lastly, the discovery of sizeable hydrocarbon reservoirs in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone and the new prospects it creates both for the economy of the island and for the Cyprus problem.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will cover the cost of the tuition fees for the first 15 applicants.

The Ministry will also cover partially the cost of the one week visit in Cyprus (which is not compulsory). 

In order to apply you need to go to the following link:  by the 9th of May 2016. When you register in the system you need to choose for Registration Type: Continuing Education and for the Program of Study: Continuing Education.

In case that a problem occurs during the application procedure or questions regarding the program you can send an email to

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