Communism and Nationalism in Postwar Cyprus, 1945-1955: Politics and Ideologies Under British Rule

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Springer, Jun 16, 2016 - History - 189 pages
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This book analyzes the events that impacted the structure and competitive processes of the two dominant Cypriot political factions while under the watchful eye of British rule. Based on new archival research, Alecou addresses the social and political environment in which the Cypriot Communists and Nationalists fought each other while at the same time had to fight the British Empire. The differences between communists and nationalists brought the two sides to a frontal collision in the wake of the events of the Greek civil war. The class conflict within Cypriot society would at some point inevitably lead, in one way or another, to a clash between the two factions. The civil war in Greece constituted another field of conflict between Left and Right, accelerating the formation of a bipolar party system in which the vertical division of the Greek community in Cyprus eventually expressed itself.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Formation of Cypriot Society
6
Communism and Nationalism in Cyprus
23
British Methods of Rule Political Liberties and the Constitutional Assembly
47
External Influences Cyprus as a Reflection of Greece
74
Communism vs Nationalism Fields of Conflict
97
Leading the Anticolonial Movement
118
The Internationalization of Enosis
143
Armed Struggle A OneWay Path?
157
Conclusions
169
Bibliography
175
Index
182
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Alexios Alecou is a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies of the University of London, England and he also teaches history at the Open University of Cyprus. He earned his PhD in Political History from Panteion University of Athens and his current work includes the study of Postwar Greece and Cyprus as well as the history and transformation of political institutions in South European countries.


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