British Imperialism and Turkish Nationalism in Cyprus, 1923-1939: Divide, Define and Rule, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

British Imperialism and Turkish Nationalism in Cyprus, 1923-1939

Divide, Define and Rule, 1st Edition

By Ilia Xypolia


190 pages | 28 B/W Illus.

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As Cyprus experienced British imperial rule between 1878 and 1960, Greek and Turkish nationalism on the island developed at different times and at different speeds. Relations between Turkish Cypriots and the British on the one hand, and Greek Cypriots and the British on the other, were often asymmetrical with the Muslim community undergoing an enormous change in terms of national/ethnic identity and class characteristics. Turkish Cypriot nationalism developed belatedly as a militant nationalist and anti-Enosis movement. This book explores the relationship between the emergence of Turkish national identity and British colonial rule in the 1920s and 1930s.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Historical Background

3. International Context

4. Social and Economic Context

5. Ideological and Cultural Context

6. Political Context

7. Discussion

About the Author

Ilia Xypolia is Teaching Fellow in Politics and International Relations at the University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom.

About the Series

Empires in Perspective

This important series examines a diverse range of imperial histories from the early modern period to the twentieth century. Drawing on works of political, social, economic and cultural history, the history of science and political theory, the series encourages methodological pluralism and does not impose any particular conception of historical scholarship. While focused on particular aspects of empire, works published also seek to address wider questions on the study of imperial history.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
HISTORY / Europe / Greece (see also Ancient / Greece)
HISTORY / Middle East / Turkey & Ottoman Empire