Britain and the Revolt in Cyprus, 1954-1959 by Robert Holland

By Robert Holland

This is often the 1st in-depth reconstruction of a big British decolonization established totally on unique documentation. it truly is crucial analyzing for anyone attracted to the reaction of coverage makers to the problem of 'terrorism' abroad after 1945, the liquidation of the British Empire, the breakdown of ethnic co-existence lower than excessive strain, and the consequences of local destabilization at the wider foreign procedure.

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Although the Governor had been promised by officials that his demands would be the very first item brought up with a new Secretary of State for Colonies, 20 21 Wright to Griffiths, igjan. 1951, €0537/7453. Fisher, minute, 19 Sept. 1950, €0537/6229. n Fisher, 24 Apr. 1951, €0537/7453. Britain and the Revolt in Cyprus, 1954-1959 27 Griffiths' successor, Oliver Lyttelton, decided that with acute colonial difficulties elsewhere—the British High Commissioner in Malaya, for example, had just been assassinated by Communist insurgents—Cyprus should 'be left undisturbed as long as possible';" Sir Thomas Lloyd, a friend of Wright's, was dispatched to Nicosia to break this unwelcome news.

For a good general analysis of his position see Doros Alastos, Cyprus Guerrilla: Grivas, Makarios and the British (London, 1960). 31 See profile on Grivas in Leslie Finer to Michael Davis, 9 Jan. 1958, Legum Papers, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, London. 30 30 / February-1 April 7955 biographical sketch. '32 This was close to the mark. Grivas had no ideas beyond a hatred of Communism, a love of Greece and a sincere and highly romanticized belief in Enosis. Unlike many leaders of armed terrorist movements, he lacked to a peculiar degree the capacity to transform himself into a practising politician.

Whatever practical military significance Cyprus may have had for the United Kingdom was shortly afterwards made redundant by the occupation of Egypt in 1882. It was thereafter that country— principally through the base at Suez—which became the linchpin of British strategy in the Orient, and eventually played such a large part in two world wars; in the 1 J. Bennett, minute, 21 Jan. 1950, CO537/6228. - H. Temperley, 'Further Evidence on Disraeli and Cyprus', English Historical Review (January 1930, PP.

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