Area Handbook for Cyprus

Area Handbook for Cyprus

Area Handbook for Cyprus

Area Handbook for Cyprus

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An intensification of political activities in the eastern Mediterranean area, plus intermittent hostilities in the Middle East during the 1960s, continued to focus attention on the entire region but more particularly on those countries with potentially dangerous political situations. The Republic of Cyprus has been one of those countries during its entire ten-year period of independence and continued to be so in 1970, thus making desirable a revision of the Area Handbook for Cyprus, first published in 1964.

Research for the earlier handbook was completed at a time when internecine warfare on Cyprus was still in progress. Although other crises have occurred during the intervening years, as research on the present study was concluded the contestants were talking rather than shooting and, despite more than two years of difficult negotiations with little apparent progress, responsible Cypriots continued to strive for peaceful solutions.

Research and writing of the original version of the handbook were accomplished by Thomas W. Adams with the assistance of Elaine Themo, Thomas E. Lux, and John H. Stodter.

In preparing this revision, the authors have encountered difficulties in obtaining complete data on many aspects of Cypriot life. Division of the country into two communities resulted in a dearth of information, particularly concerning Turkish Cypriot affairs. No official census had been conducted since 1960, and published statistics often seemed incomplete. Despite these difficulties, the authors have attempted to provide an objective overview of the dominant social, political, and economic aspects of Cypriot society as they appeared in 1970.

Place names used were those approved by the United States Board on Geographic Names.

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