Communism and Nationalism in Postwar Cyprus, 1945-1955: by Alexios Alecou

By Alexios Alecou

This ebook analyzes the occasions that impacted the constitution and aggressive procedures of the 2 dominant Cypriot political factions whereas below the watchful eye of British rule. in response to new archival learn, Alecou addresses the social and political setting during which the Cypriot Communists and Nationalists fought one another whereas whilst needed to struggle the British Empire. the diversities among communists and nationalists introduced the 2 facets to a frontal collision within the wake of the occasions of the Greek civil warfare. the category clash inside Cypriot society might sooner or later necessarily lead, in a single method or one other, to a conflict among the 2 factions. The civil struggle in Greece constituted one other box of clash among Left and correct, accelerating the formation of a bipolar celebration method during which the vertical department of the Greek neighborhood in Cyprus ultimately expressed itself.

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In view of the Consultative (or Constitutional) Assembly, which had been announced on 9 July 1947, AKEL was in need of a wider front through which it could participate in the debate over the constitutional proposals. ”42 In a divisive and polarizing atmosphere, the British convened the Consultative Assembly to work on a constitution for Cyprus. 43 Both the right and the ethnarchy, especially the locum tenens, Leontios, had stood from the very beginning against the idea of constitutional concession and did not participate.

ALECOU 30. Panagiotis Papadimitris, Historical Encyclopaedia of Cyprus (Nicosia: Epifaniou, 1980), Vol. 7:82. 31. , 103. 32. On the program of AKEL in general, see Ioannou, This is how the Cyprus issue began, 43–44. and Katsiaounis, The Consultative Assembly, 68.. Also, a study on AKEL that, despite its inaccuracies and exaggerations, is of some interest, was published by the Hoover Institution within a series of studies on the communist parties out of power.  W. Adams, AKEL: The Communist Party of Cyprus (California: Hoover Institution, 1971).

64. 65. 66. 67. 68. 69. “appointed” to submit letters to the Ministry of Colonies, requesting the extension of his term beyond December 1938, Dervis was one of the first to do so. , Consul of Greece to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs” (DIAYE, Folder A Political/12 [1939]). On the extension of Greek national consciousness in Cyprus over the particular period, see Paschalis Kitromilidis, From Coexistence to Confrontation: The Dynamics of Ethnic Conflict in Cyprus, ed. Michael Attalidis (Nicosia: Cyprus Reviewed, 1977), 41.

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