Insularity and Empire in Ottoman Cyprus

with Antonis Hadjikyriacou

hosted by Michael Talbot

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The history of Mediterranean islands offers a dynamic paradox of insularity engendered by geographical isolation and connectivity fostered by access to ports and maritime networks. In this podcast, we discuss those themes through a conversation about the transformation of Cyprus over the centuries of Ottoman imperial rule. Our guest Antonis Hadjikyriacou has studied the history of Cyprus from the earliest years of Ottoman rule during the late 16th century into the 19th century. In the interview, we explore agricultural production and political economy in Cyprus through geo-spatial analysis of early Ottoman documentation and consider how the local politics and economy of Cyprus were situated in a changing Mediterranean.


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PARTICIPANT BIOS

Antonis Hadjikyriacou is Marie Curie Intra-European fellow at the Institute for Mediterranean Studies, Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas. He earned his Ph.D. in History from SOAS, University of London, and he has previously worked and taught at Princeton University, SOAS, the University of Crete, and the University of Cyprus. Ηe is currently completing his monograph entitled "Insularity and Empire: Ottoman Cyprus in the Early Modern Mediterranean." 
Michael Talbot received his PhD from SOAS in 2013 for a thesis on Ottoman-British relations in the eighteenth century, and now lectures and researches on a range of topics in Ottoman history at the University of Greenwich in London.

CREDITS

Episode No. 284
Release Date: 29 November 2016
Recording Location: Rethymno, Greece
Editing and production by Chris Gratien
Sound excerpts: from archive.org - Harmandali - Recep Efendi, Cemal Efendi
Special thanks to Monsieur Doumani for allowing us to use "The System/Το σύστημαν"
Images and bibliography courtesy of Antonis Hadjikyriacou

To learn more about the Mediterranean Insularities project, visit http://medins.ims.forth.gr/

IMAGES

Map of the Mediterranean Sea from The Book of Curiosities: Book 2, Chapter 10: “On the Western Sea, that is the Syrian Sea, its harbours, islands and anchorages” (MS. Arab. c. 90, fols. 30b-31a). Bodleian Library, University of Oxford.
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 Gardens and orchards in Lord Kitchener's 1881 "Plan of Nicosia". All rights reserved. (c) Copyright by Institute for Mediterranean Studies/FO.R.T.H. and Antonis Hadjikyriacou, 2016.
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1 comment:

north guinea hills said...

As someone who does GIS for a living, and have a degree in history, I really dig the historical maps.

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