This edition of Cyprus: A Country Study replaces the previous edition published in 1980. Like its predecessor, the present book attempts to treat in a compact and objective manner the dominant historical, social, economic, political, and national security aspects of contemporary Cyprus. Sources of information included scholarly books, journals, and monographs; official reports and documents of governments and international organizations; and foreign and domestic newspapers and periodicals. Researchers of Cypriot affairs face both feast and famine. There is much information about the origins and development of the island's complex intercommunal problem, some of it of a high quality. But readers curious about less vital political issues, or searching for economic or social data, often will find information sparse or of dubious validity.
The contemporary place-names used in this study are those approved by the United States Board on Geographic Names, as set forth in the official gazetteer published in 1953. The Turkish name of towns or geographic formations located in the Turkish Cypriotadministered area are provided in parentheses after the placename 's first appearance in a chapter. Greek Cypriot names are transliterated as they commonly appear in English-language publications. Because the United States government does not recognize the Turkish Cypriot state created in Novemeber 1983, its name, the "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus" ("TRNC"), is placed within quotation marks.
The body of the text reflects information available as of January 1991. Certain other portions of the text, however, have been updated. The Bibliography lists published sources thought to be particularly helpful to the reader.
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