|About the Book|
In the troubled island of Cyprus, the national interests and rivalries of Greece and Turkey still collide, the population remains divided between the Greek and Turkish communities and the country is still a cats paw of outside powers - especiallyMoreIn the troubled island of Cyprus, the national interests and rivalries of Greece and Turkey still collide, the population remains divided between the Greek and Turkish communities and the country is still a cats paw of outside powers - especially the USA and the now resurgent Russia - as it has been since the acquisition of the island by Britain in 1878. Global rivalry between the great powers and Cypruss vitally strategic position in the Eastern Mediterranean - a listening post in the Cold War and even today - has meant that the populations have never been free to shape their own destinies, which have been constantly influenced by great power interests. These are problems that have been brought into sharp focus by Cypruss entry into the European Union. William Mallinsons book is a fast-moving and incisive narrative history which portrays Cyprus as a continuing source of international tension in the Mediterranean and beyond. It features the latest source material from the recently released British National Archives, vivid interviews with key players, even reports which raise awkward and embarrassing questions. His critical eye uncovers the underlying story of American and British involvement in the islands affairs, first as a key territory in Cold War politics with its close proximity to the Middle East and Asia and now as a key asset in the war on terror. Mallinson also explores how Turkeys drive to join the EU will affect not only stability in Cyprus but also the whole region, as Russias influence in the Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean expands. So, in William Mallinsons words, Cyprus lies [still] at the epicentre of this whole geopolitical merry-go-round..