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Engendering Nationalism in Modern Cyprus: The First Women’s Organizations

  • Thekla Kyritsi
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Abstract

Very little have been written about women’s history in Cyprus, and even less on the historical role of women as agents of nationalism. Kyritsi’s analysis aspires to narrow this enormous gap by examining the role of the first women’s organizations established in Cyprus at the end of the nineteenth century. Established by Greek literate women, and especially women teachers, these organizations played a significant role toward the promotion of both the ideology of Greek nationalism in the island and early feminist aspirations. Their story offers particular insights on the dynamics of national sentiments. Moreover, the first efforts of women toward self-organization unfold a historical—and perhaps paradoxical—relationship between nationalism and feminism in modern Cyprus.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thekla Kyritsi
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  1. 1.Political Science and HistoryPanteion University of Social and Political SciencesAthensGreece

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