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

Authors: Lim, Preston Jordan

  • Challenges existing interpretations of British conduct during the Cyprus Revolt of 1955-1959
  • Shows how the British Army proved itself capable of continual innovation and evaluates these innovations and the shortcomings of British strategy
  • Archival research focuses on soldiers’ accounts and explores the ‘war of words’ in press allegations of military brutality
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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 Halkın Sesi, this book offers lessons for modern policymakers and civil servants concerned with the importance of sound press strategy.


About the authors

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.

Reviews

“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)


Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-16

    Lim, Preston Jordan

  • Using a Tank to Catch Field Mice: April 1955 to March 1957

    Pages 17-44

    Lim, Preston Jordan

  • On the Brink of Civil War: April 1957 to March 1959

    Pages 45-71

    Lim, Preston Jordan

  • A War of Perception: The Cypriot Government and Its Image During the Revolt

    Pages 73-102

    Lim, Preston Jordan

  • Conclusion

    Pages 103-108

    Lim, Preston Jordan

Buy this book

eBook $54.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-91620-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $69.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-91619-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Evolution of British Counter-Insurgency during the Cyprus Revolt, 1955–1959
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-91620-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-91620-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-91619-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 118
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