The Broken Olive Branch: Nationalism, Ethnic Conflict and the quest for Peace in Cyprus. Volume One: The Impasse of Ethnonationalism

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The broken olive branch: Nationalism, ethnic conflict and the quest for peace in Cyprus
The broken olive branch: Nationalism, ethnic conflict and the quest for peace in Cyprus
Author(s) Harry Anastasiou
Year 2008
Link Syracuse University Press (December 1, 2008)



At the forefront of its field, The Broken Olive Branch examines the dynamics of ethnonationalism in Cyprus, a country mired in a decades-long struggle fueled by ethnic rivalry. Harry Anastasiou’s analysis of Cyprus’s historic conflict examines the logic of nationalist thinking, assesses the rise of Greek and Turkish nationalism, and traces the division of Greek and Turkish Cypriots since the country won independence from British rule in 1960.

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.


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