Date of Award


Degree Name



College of Liberal Arts

Type of Degree


Document Type


First Advisor

Richard Garnett

Second Advisor

Markus Hadler

Third Advisor

Girmay Berhie


Historical events in Cyprus have played a very important role in the institutionalization of nationalist movements and political conflict between the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot nationalist movements on the island of Cyprus. In order to make the case of the “Cyprus problem” understandable, the sociological elements of the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot nationalism of the island were analyzed in this study in relation to some fundamental elements of the conflict. Internal and external elements including nationalism, the role of outsiders, modernization, and some other cultural factors, such as the educational and religious systems and colonial policies, played an important role in the creation of these rival nationalisms. Different ethno-national identities on the island caused ethnic and geographical partitions among the Turkish and Greek Cypriot communities. In this analysis, the effects of nationalist mobilizations and political conflicts in Cyprus as reflections of both Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot nationalisms will be the main elements for demonstrating the rise and fall of both Cypriot nationalist movements that caused the failure of the civic nation state in 1960.


Nationalism - Cyprus.

Cyprus - Politics and government.