The Communist Party of Cyprus, the Comintern and the uprising of 1931: thoughts on the ‘apologia’ of Charalambos Vatyliotis (Vatis)

Spring 2019

Drawing on primary material from the Soviet archives, this article considers the attitude of the Communist Party of Cyprus (CPC) to the failed revolt of 1931 against British colonialism. The CPC’s contradictions and shortcomings are exposed through outlining the course of the revolt, along with a presentation of the Comintern’s position on these events. The argument put forward is that there were a number of more general problems facing the Comintern at this time that paved the way for the CPC’s pursuit of this specific contradictory line. Among these general problems were the failure to achieve a further revolutionary breakthrough in Europe, the rise of fascism and the characteristics of the anti-colonial struggles of that time.

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