Cyprus: A Modern History

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I.B.Tauris, Jul 22, 2005 - History - 244 pages
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This narrative history of Cyprus--the most thorough and up-to-date account currently available--examines the modern history of the island during a period of enormous change. Topics covered range from the British acquisition of Cyprus in 1878, when its strategic importance was cemented, to the more recent American and Soviet involvement during the Cold War. It focuses particularly on the period leading up to and following the Turkish invasion of 1974, the apparent moves towards reunification, and the growing importance of the EU both for Cyprus and for Turkey. The book will be an essential reference tool for all those interested in Cyprus and the emerging politics of the Eastern Mediterranean.
  

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I haven't a clue about Cypriot history, and only passing interest. But Mallinson's casual disparagement of Israel, purely as non sequitur, is almost a comic caricature of the notorious anti-semitism of perfidious Albion's Foreign Office. Read this book from the comfort of your chair at the club, stultified on cheap sweet wine, under the approving gaze of Col. Blimp. As an American I've puzzled for years over the alleged "special relationship" between the US and the tiger of the Falklands. Britain isn't much more than America's bitch. So stop drooling out of the sides of the mouths on both your faces onto other countries, not least countries Britain betrayed, Mr. Balfour, I do declare. 

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Page 3 - I think it is only natural that the Cypriot people, who are of Greek descent, should regard their incorporation with what may be called their mother country as an ideal to be earnestly, devoutly, and fervently cherished. Such a feeling is an example of the patriotic devotion which so nobly characterises the Greek nation.
Page 1 - Fuck your parliament and your constitution. America is an elephant. Cyprus is a flea. Greece is a flea. If those two fleas continue itching the elephant, they may just get whacked by the elephant's trunk, whacked good . . . We pay a lot of good American dollars to the Greeks, Mr Ambassador.

About the author (2005)

William Mallinson is Professor of Diplomatic History and head of the International Relations Department at New York College in Athens. He is the author of Public Lies and Private Truths.

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