Divide and rule Cyprus? Decolonisation as process

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Instances of decolonisation can be considered processes featuring complicated interactions that are both path-depended and open-ended. This perspective contrasts with reductionist epistemologies, particularly economistic ones. Viewing the decolonisation of Cyprus in processual terms, this article argues that the process at hand was crucially shaped by the colonial strategy of divide-and-rule and that the process’s complicated flow of interactions obscured the British government’s ability to assess the unfolding predicament clearly, failing most particularly to rank its options optimally by misreading the option of granting independence to Cyprus.


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  • Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)


  • British Empire, Greece, National Movements, Turkey
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)403-420
JournalCommonwealth and Comparative Politics
Issue number4
Early online date2019 Aug 4
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Publication categoryResearch