• La invasión turca y sus efectos sobre la población y el legado cultural de la Isla
Alejandro Zorbas D., Nikiforos Nikolaidis


In order to study this tapie, the authors examine the historie record of
the Greek and Turkish population in Cyprus. The first one had been settled
there from the year 1.500 BC, while the Turkish inhabitants arrived 3.000
years later, in 1571. According to the 1973 census, the 78,91% of the total
population was Greek, being the Turkish only the 18,36%.
As a consequence of the 1974 Turkish invasion, 200.000 Greek people were expelled from their lands and bornes, Besides, the Turkish set out to the task of re-populating the region with settlers from Anatholia. From the
20.000 Greek people who managed to stay in their bornes in 1974, only 487
were still there in 1997.
Parallel to this process of forced change in the island's demography,
one of the deepest and most visible result of the Turkish invasion has been the
cultural transformation of the occupied territory into a Turkish province.
The authors explain in detail the profanation and sacking of the cultural heritage in the occupied areas. Perhaps the best example of the nature
of the invasion is the sacking of North Cyprus. The authors show concrete
data about masterpieces of art - mainly religious - which have been stolen,
sold, lost or destroyed, This systematic process of destruction is one of the
worst disasters of our time.

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