British Cyprus and the Long Great War, 1914-1925: Empire, Loyalties and Democratic Deficit, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

British Cyprus and the Long Great War, 1914-1925

Empire, Loyalties and Democratic Deficit, 1st Edition

By Andrekos Varnava


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Most of the Cypriot population, especially the lower classes, remained loyal to the British cause during the Great War and the island contributed significantly to the First World War, with men and materials. The British acknowledged this yet failed to institute political and economic reforms once the war ended. The obsession of Greek Cypriot elites with enosis (union with Greece), which only increased after the war, and the British dismissal of increasing the role of Cypriots in government, bringing the Christian and Muslim communities closer, and expanding franchise to all classes and sexes, led to serious problems down the line, not least the development of a democratic deficit. Andrekos Varnava studies the events and the impact of this crucial period.

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Chapter 1: British Cyprus 1878-1915: The Inconsequential Possession

Chapter 2: Elite Loyalties: Enosis, the Greek Schism and the War Effort

Chapter 3: Middle-Class Loyalties: Military Intelligence and the War Effort

Chapter 4: Lower-Class Loyalties: Cypriots at War

Chapter 5: Refugees and Settlers: Inclusivity and Exclusivity

Chapter 6: ‘Remember Heligoland’: Retaining Cyprus against the Enosis Policy

Chapter 7: Colonialism, Enosis and Democratic Deficit, 1921-25




About the Author

Andrekos Varnava is an Associate Professor in Imperial History at Flinders University, Adelaide and an Honorary Professor at De Montfort University, Leicester.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in First World War History

The First World War is a subject of perennial interest to historians and is often regarded as a watershed event, marking the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the 'modern' industrial world. The sheer scale of the conflict and massive loss of life means that it is constantly being assessed and reassessed to examine its lasting military, political, sociological, industrial, cultural and economic impact. Reflecting the latest international scholarly research, the Routledge Studies in First World War History series provides a unique platform for the publication of monographs on all aspects of the Great War. Whilst the main thrust of the series is on the military aspects of the conflict, other related areas (including cultural, visual, literary, political and social) are also addressed. Books published are aimed primarily at a post-graduate academic audience, furthering exciting recent interpretations of the war, whilst still being accessible enough to appeal to a wider audience of educated lay readers.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Middle East / General
HISTORY / Military / World War I