Library JournalAn expert in eastern Mediterranean history, Boatswain (pro vice-chancellor, Univ. of Huddersfield, U.K.) offers a history of Cyprus, ranging from prehistoric Cyprus, circa 7000-750 B.C.E., to its present state as a divided island (Republic of Cyprus and Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus). Included are a chronology, a historical gazetteer, and high-quality line drawings and maps. Boatswain details Cyprus's long history of alien rule: given its strategic placement in the eastern Mediterranean, it has been conquered or governed by Phoenicians, Assyrians, Persians, Romans, Greeks, Egyptians, Byzantines, Venetians, Plantagenets, Franks, Turks, and British. Armchair archaeologists, historians, and learned travelers alike will savor each detailed description and illustration before and after their next visit to this enchanting island. The only drawback: the one-page list of suggested reading seems short for a book that covers so much ground. Recommended for all public and academic libraries that collect travel books.-Elizabeth Connor, The Citadel, Military Coll. of South Carolina Lib., Charleston Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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