Cypriot nationalism

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Cypriot nationalism, also known as Cypriotism, refers to one of the nationalisms of Cyprus, focusing on the shared identity of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, highlighting their common culture, heritage, traditions and economic, political and social rights.[1] Cypriot nationalism supports the reunification of Cyprus and the end of foreign interference (by Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom).[1] Variants of this nationalism have been espoused by the leftist Progressive Party of Working People,[2] the liberal United Democrats[1] and organisations like World Union of Turkish-speaking Cypriots.[3]

The successful Turkish invasion of Cyprus, which followed a coup d’état in Cyprus ordered by the military junta in Greece led to the marginalisation of Greek Cypriot nationalism and rise of Cypriotism, in opposition to Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot nationalism.[4] Cypriotism and Greek Cypriot nationalism contrasts, with opposing views on Cyprus dispute causes and solution perspectives, corresponding to left-right political opposition.[4] Historically, the central slogan of Cypriotism has been "Cyprus belongs to its people", while Greek Cypriot nationalism's slogan has been "Cyprus is Greek".[4]

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  1. ^ a b c Colin Hay; Anand Menon (18 January 2007). European Politics. OUP Oxford. p. 125. ISBN 978-0-19-928428-3. 
  2. ^ Anastasiou, Maria (2007). "The Institutionalization of Protracted Ethnic Conflicts: A Discourse Analysis of "The Cyprus Problem"". ProQuest: 129. ISBN 9780549209935. Retrieved March 15, 2017. 
  3. ^ "About WUTC". World Union of Turkish-speaking Cypriots. Retrieved 25 March 2018. 
  4. ^ a b c Mirca Madianou (12 November 2012). Mediating the Nation. Routledge. p. 40. ISBN 978-1-136-61105-6. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Leonard W. Doob (June 1986). "Cypriot Patriotism and Nationalism". The Journal of Conflict Resolution. Sage Publications, Inc. 30 (2): 383–396. JSTOR 174259.