Cyprus: A Troubled Island by Andrew BorowiecCyprus: A Troubled Island by Andrew Borowiec

Cyprus: A Troubled Island

byAndrew Borowiec

Hardcover | January 1, 2000

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Most casual observers see the conflict between Greeks and Turks on a strategic Mediterranean island as a struggle within a sovereign state. Borowiec concludes that there has never been a "Cypriot nation," only Greeks and Turks living in Cyprus, separated by the hostility reflecting the traditional animosity between their "motherlands." If these two groups could forget their past conflicts--as did, for example, Germany and Poland--there might be a way to end the partition of Cyprus. At the present time, however, the crisis is likely to continue with varying degrees of tension, threatening the entire Eastern Mediterranean and undermining NATO's cohesion. Borowiec traces the history of Cyprus from antiquity through Ottoman and British colonial rule and the post-independence period. He describes the break between the island's communities in 1963, the UN intervention of 1964, and the path toward the Athens junta's coup in 1974 which caused the Turkish invasion and occupation of the northern part of Cyprus. He compares the conflicting views of the protagonists--the Greek Cypriot majority and the Turkish Cypriot minority. Considerable attention is paid to the two separate economic and political entities on the island. Borowiec analyzes the futility of myriad international mediation efforts and suggests possible ways of creating a climate propitious to dialogue. This important new look at the Cypriot conflict will be valuable to researchers, policy makers, and scholars involved with the Eastern Mediterranean and conflict/peace studies.
Title:Cyprus: A Troubled IslandFormat:HardcoverDimensions:216 pages, 9.6 × 6.47 × 0.82 inPublished:January 1, 2000Publisher:Praeger PublishersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0275965333

ISBN - 13:9780275965334


Editorial Reviews

?His summary is a superb description of the most important elements of Cyprus history and makes excellent reading while strongly supporting his thesis: that many factors make it almost inevitable that the two communities will be unable to come to any agreement in the forseeable future.??Mediterranean Quarterly