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The Evolution of British Counter-Insurgency during the Cyprus Revolt, 1955-1959


The Evolution of British Counter-Insurgency during the Cyprus Revolt, 1955-1959



von: Preston Jordan Lim

55,92 €

Verlag: Palgrave Pivot
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 12.06.2018
ISBN/EAN: 9783319916200
Sprache: englisch

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This book evaluates the prosecution of British counter-insurgency operations during the Cyprus Revolt of 1955-1959. Historians have typically cast the Cyprus Revolt as a failure, situating it within the larger pattern of the post-1945 failure of conventional armies to deal with insurgencies. By analyzing the reminiscences of British policemen, National Servicemen, and officers both junior and senior, the study provides a ground-up assessment of the British counter-insurgency effort. The work examines also the contradictions gripping Greek and Turkish Cypriot opinion, arguing that developments during this time period set the scene for intercommunal violence in the 1960s and 1970s. Military history is taken in a broad sense and includes the Cypriot government’s attempts to control its image in the eyes of international opinion. By intimately dealing with indigenous news outlets like the Times of Cyprus and Halk?n Sesi, this book offers lessons for modern policymakers and civil servants concerned with the importance of sound press strategy.
1. Introduction2. Using a Tank to Catch Field Mice: April 1955 to March 19573. On the Brink of Civil War: April 1957 to March 19594. A War of Perception: The Cypriot Government and its Image during the Revolt5. Conclusion.
Preston Jordan Lim is a military historian. He has published several articles on British military history and counterinsurgency. He graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University, USA, and is currently a Schwarzman Scholar at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.
This book evaluates the prosecution of British counter-insurgency operations during the Cyprus Revolt of 1955-1959. Historians have typically cast the Cyprus Revolt as a failure, situating it within the larger pattern of the post-1945 failure of conventional armies to deal with insurgencies. By analyzing the reminiscences of British policemen, National Servicemen, and officers both junior and senior, the study provides a ground-up assessment of the British counter-insurgency effort. The work examines also the contradictions gripping Greek and Turkish Cypriot opinion, arguing that developments during this time period set the scene for intercommunal violence in the 1960s and 1970s. Military history is taken in a broad sense and includes the Cypriot government’s attempts to control its image in the eyes of international opinion. By intimately dealing with indigenous news outlets like the Times of Cyprus and Halk?n Sesi, this book offers lessons for modern policymakers and civil servants concerned with the importance of sound press strategy.
Challenges existing interpretations of British conduct during the Cyprus Revolt of 1955-1959Shows how the British Army proved itself capable of continual innovation and evaluates these innovations and the shortcomings of British strategyArchival research focuses on soldiers’ accounts and explores the ‘war of words’ in press allegations of military brutality
“Preston Lim has shown us once again that the force of nationalism and the folly of colonialism and imperialism will result in the weak defeating the strong. This is a sound, reasoned analysis of a 1950s conflict that has lessons for today.” (William L Nash, Major General, U.S. Army, Retired and Visiting Lecturer, Princeton University, USA)“Preston Lim delivers a study of British counter-insurgency in Cyprus that is both deftly written and original. By supplementing extensive research in the records and memoirs of British military personnel with insights from Turkish and Greek Cypriot sources, Lim has created a well-rounded account that places the British effort at counter-insurgency within the larger framework of Cypriot politics. It offers students of the Cyprus Revolt, decolonization, and counter-insurgency fresh and compelling insights.” (Professor Michael A. Reynolds, Author of Shattering Empires: The Clash and Collapse of the Ottoman and Russian Empires)

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