Hostage to History: Cyprus from the Ottomans to Kissinger

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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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Christopher Hitchens is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and the author of the best-selling God Is Not Great. His books published by Verso include The Trial of Henry Kissinger, No One Left to Lie To, The Missionary Position, Unacknowledged Legislation, The Parthenon Marbles, Hostage to History, and more.

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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

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