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The Cyprus Conspiracy: America, Espionage and the Turkish Invasion

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It has been 25 years since Greek colonels staged a coup on Cyprus, ousting Greek-Cypriot leader Archbishop Makarios, and Turkey retaliated by invading and seizing a third of the island. The island remains split in two, policed by the United Nations. Henry Kissinger claimed he could do nothing to stop this because of the Watergate crisis. The Cyprus Conspiracy provides cruc ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 25th 2001 by I. B. Tauris (first published January 28th 2000)
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Athan Tolis
This is an extremely good book.

With that said, let's get its main weakness out of the way first: It's not a history book.

You don't get told how come Greeks and Turks ended up living together on Cyprus. You don't get told about the Byzantine Empire and its thousand year history of moving populations, the Ottoman conquerors who followed and continue that practice (indeed they are post-1989 repopulating Cyprus with Muslims who flee Bulgaria), or the Millet system that split up brothers down religio
Christopher Rex
There's a strikingly repetitive pattern in geopolitics - it sucks to be a "small/weaker" state and the "big/powerful" states couldn't care less about the values of democracy, human rights, self-determination or basic fairness when/if their self-interest is even remotely at stake.

The Question of Cyprus is one of the world's most intractable conflicts and is not likely to go away anytime soon. The sad reality is, most people don't even realize there's a problem (or could even find Cyprus on a map
a "diplomatic" history of cyprus and the game played by the US and Britain to retain control of the military installations on the island since the end of world war two.
it's a fascinating read about events that i had never really heard of or understood - despite the fact that i thought i knew quote a bit about the middle east.
it's also overwhelmingly full of details - to a fault. it's hard to keep track of all the names, and the specific details like the names of the warships involved are excessi
Gregory Lamb
A detailed and well documented history of the Cyprus "troubles." This book illuminates all the players that ruined the lives of so many on Cyprus. There is no single source to blame for the struggles that the Cypriot people endured in modern times. Maybe history was to blame. I have read almost every book written on the subject and what seems to be missing and what "The Cyprus Conspiracy:..," brings out is how the context of the cold war played a role. The unique geography of the island also has ...more
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