Patriots and Internationalists: The Greek Left, the Cyprus Question, and Latin America

  • Eugenia Palieraki


In Greece, the Cyprus question has defined national identity, but it has also acted as a demarcation line between distinct political and ideological stances. This paper focuses on the impact of the Cyprus question on the Greek Left during the post-WWII period, but its perspective differs from customary approaches. The Cyprus question is not viewed as a nationalist-empowering factor, but rather as an awareness-raising process on decolonization challenges and Third-World dynamics, leading the Greek Left to forge ideological and human bonds with geographically and culturally distant regions—in this case, Latin America. The study of Cyprus as a mediator between Greece and Latin America also allows addressing a wider historiographical issue: how the assertion of patriotic values and national sovereignty can be intertwined with transnationalism.


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  • Eugenia Palieraki
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  1. 1.University of Cergy-PontoiseCergy-PontoiseFrance

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