Encountering Imperialism and Colonialism: The Greek and Turkish Left in Cyprus

  • Nikos Christofis


The present chapter adopts a comparative perspective and focuses on how the Greek and Turkish Left during the 1950s and 1960s treated the “national” issue of Cyprus. In particular, the chapter points that from the start Cyprus was presented in the party programs and speeches as part of their anti-imperialist and anti-colonial struggle. At the same time, this was done without rejecting the island’s national importance and meaning to the “national centers”, i.e. Greece and Turkey. Furthermore, the chapter will identify whether the theoretical/ideological principles of Marxism coincided with practical matters, especially, when the “nation” is a case in point, both before and after the independence of Cyprus in 1960.


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  • Nikos Christofis
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  1. 1.Center for Turkish Studies and School of History and CivilizationShaanxi Normal UniversityXi’anChina

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