The bicentennial of the Greek Revolution against Ottoman rule is an opportune time to ask why conflict between Greeks and Turks has continued for over two hundred years. Greek and Turkish national narratives reveal deeper reasons for the persistence of mutual belligerence, including common emphasis on national emancipation through violence, perceptions of iniquitous treatment in previous political settlements, and the influence of “banal imperialism” embedded in everyday national symbols. These mindsets continue to fuel disputes over Cyprus and maritime rights.
Why Greeks and Turks Fight
Costas M. Constantinou is a professor of international relations at the University of Cyprus. He thanks Anna Tzamantaki for research assistance and the National Historical Museum, Athens, for permission to reproduce The Kiss.
Costas M. Constantinou; Why Greeks and Turks Fight. Current History 1 March 2021; 120 (824): 105–111. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/curh.2021.120.824.105
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