chapter  2
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Revolutions do not happen: erasing a political past

While Italy survived its encounter with political violence intact, the Republic of Cyprus was founded through the clash with EOKA (it had not previously existed as a nation, given its lengthy status as both a British and an Ottoman colony). This chapter explores the politicality of violence through the ways in which conflict is represented in post-conflict societies – focusing especially on the subjection of the failed revolutionary struggle in Italy and the incorporation of the successful Cypriot campaign into the national story. The contrasting relationships between the conflicts, how they are remembered and forgotten by ex-militants, and relationships between politics and founding violence are interrogated to address the moments where violence produces new arrangements of political discourse. How is the politicality of law-founding violence embedded and/or erased within postconflict politics?