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Hostage to History: Cyprus from the Ottomans to Kissinger Paperback – 12 Aug 1997

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Verso Books; 3rd ed. edition (12 Aug. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1859841899
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859841891
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,055,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Hitchens's book deserves wholehearted praise. His research has been thorough, his style is invigorating and he has written a compelling account of a tragic episode from first to last." -- Times Literary Supplement "In his extensive, well-documented and even-handed book, Hitchens attempts, with remarkable success, to restore the recent history of Cyprus to its proper perspective." -- Christian Science Monitor


In a compelling study of great-power misconduct, Christopher Hitchens examines the events leading up to the partition of Cyprus and its legacy. He argues that the intervention of four major foreign powers, Turkey, Greece, Britain and the United States, turned a local dispute into a major disaster. In a new preface for this 1997 edition, Hitchens reviews the implications of the Republic of Cyprus's applications for European union membership, the escalating regional arms race between Greece and Turkey, and last year's Greek Cypriot protests along the partition border.

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