• Eleftherios Klerides


Klerides explores the contextual particularities of the debates over school history in the Greek Cypriot community during the period from 2002 to 2014. The ‘history wars’ of this country were fought from two distinct positions. ‘The position of derision and reform’ of Christofias, Demetriou and Silikiotis, among others, criticised school histories on the grounds of being ethnocentric and monovocal, calling for multiperspectivity and multiculturalism. ‘The position of non-reform and defence’, often held by members of the DISY and church leaders, dismissed this critique and defended existing histories. Klerides suggests a closer analysis of the arguments from both sides indicates that theoretical devices such as oscillation and border-crossing can be helpful to reconstruct the debates but will need to be addressed in a scholarly manner.

Further Reading

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eleftherios Klerides
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  1. 1.Modern History and History DidacticsSapienza University of RomeRomaItaly

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