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The Broken Olive Branch Vol. 1

Harry Anastasiou

Publication Year: 2008

In the first of two volumes, Anastasiou offers a detailed portrait of Cyprus’s dual nationalisms, identifying the ways in which nationalist ideologies have undermined the relations between Greek and Turkish Cypriots. In the context of regional and global conflicts, he demonstrates how the ethnic rivalry was largely engineered by the leaders of each community and consolidated by the nationalist configuration of political culture. Taking a multilevel approach, he maps out the impasse and changes in ethnonationalism over time.

Published by: Syracuse University Press

Title Page, Copyright Page

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-xii

For their support of the Cyprus Peace Initiatives Project of Portland State University, under which the research endeavor for this book was undertaken, I wish to extend my gratitude to E. John Rumpakis, Cleo Rumpakis, Al Jubitz, the Jubitz Family Foundation, Douglas C. Strain, Gary Watson...

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1. The Legacy of Nationalism and the Tragedy of Cyprus

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pp. 1-16

A makeshift operation by today’s standards, my father’s cinema was a novelty that attracted audiences from both my home village and the surrounding areas; my mother was in charge of ticketing there. Of all the films shown, The Red Roses...

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2. A Profile of the Nationalist Mind: Historical Origins and Mental Patterns

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pp. 17-42

The term nationalism normally elicits a range of ideas and interpretations. In conventional conversation, it often refers to love of one’s country, to the pride for one’s culture and place of belonging, and even to the duty to defend and honor one’s family and values...

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3. A Profile of the Nationalist Mind: Abstract Absolutism and the Heroics of Life and Death

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pp. 43-74

To the nationalist mind, the idea of the people, the basis of democratic governance, does not necessarily refer to ethnoculturally diverse populations in a particular society or region, with all their overlapping and intertwined diversity in cultures and identities...

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4. A Brief Historical Overview of the Cyprus Problem

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pp. 75-108

Following World War II, the GCs, moved by the force of ethnic nationalism, stepped up their struggle against the British colonial authorities. Britain had assumed administration of the Island on behalf of the Ottomans in 1878, later annexing it as a British colony...

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5. Conflict and Alienation

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pp. 109-152

From the establishment of the Republic of Cyprus in 1960 to 1974, GC and TC nationalism underwent a series of subtle changes in strategy and focus. Although not immediately identifiable, these changes were significant in view of how they framed and affected...

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6. Communication Across the Ethnic Divide

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pp. 153-183

Communication between rival, nationalist-oriented ethnic groups is generally divergent, in that their frameworks of meaning cause each group to resist communicative contact with the other. The inflexibility of nationalist world- and life views hampers their ability to establish the kind of overlap of meaning or of points...

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7. The Pattern of Political Negotiations for a Cyprus Settlement

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pp. 184-218

As far back as the late seventies, the GCs and TCs agreed at top-level talks that the solution to the Cyprus problem would be a bicommunal, bizonal, federal republic. However, for almost three decades following this agreement, there was a total lack of progress...

Works Cited

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pp. 219-228

Index

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pp. 229-254


E-ISBN-13: 9780815650652
E-ISBN-10: 0815650655
Print-ISBN-13: 9780815631965
Print-ISBN-10: 0815631960

Page Count: 256
Publication Year: 2008

Volume Title: The Impasse of Ethnonationalism

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Subject Headings

  • Cyprus -- History.
  • Cyprus -- Ethnic relations.
  • Nationalism -- Cyprus.
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