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Cypriot nationalism, Communism, and the Cold War : an interwoven history

by Corwin, Katherine

Abstract

Cyprus is a unique country divided between the Greeks and the Turks. The Greeks had wanted Enosis (reunification) but the Turks would not allow Cyprus to become part of Greece. As a result Cyprus gained its independence in 1960 and Archbishop Makarios III became the first president of the independent nation. Cypriot nationalism and Communism shared an identity because of the Cypriot Communist party’s inclusive nature and strong political presence in Cyprus. Against the backdrop of The Cold War, Britain and the U.S. feared the interwoven nature of nationalism and Communism as a threat to western democracy and were anxious Cyprus would lead to a spread of Communism in the Eastern Mediterranean. The Cypriots themselves could not find a common ethnic identity because of the Greek and Turkish division, therefore the rise of the Communist Party created a shared entity not available through their ethnic ties.

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Senior Essay -- Colorado College

bachelor

Bachelor of Arts

Includes bibliographical references.

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Copyright
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Publisher
Colorado College
PID
coccc:5933
Digital Origin
born digital
Extent
49 pages