Newspapers, Nationalism And Empire

Jonathan Stubbs, Bahar Taşeli
  • Media History, June 2014, Taylor & Francis
  • DOI: 10.1080/13688804.2014.926081

The Turkish Cypriot press in the British colonial period and its aftermath

What is it about?

This article examines the development of an indigenous Turkish language press in Cyprus during the British colonial period (1878–1960). It argues that Turkish Cypriot newspapers were highly influential in the propagation of ethno-nationalist ideology, endorsing separate Greek and Turkish communal identities on the island and promoting ethnic attachments to the neighbouring Turkish Republic.

Why is it important?

Little is known about the role of mass media in Cyprus' fraught history. This article will be of interest to those studying the modern history of the island, but also to people curious about Britain's response to indigenous press cultures in colonised territories.

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