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‘Terror Island’, 2 April–3 October 1955

Robert Holland

in Britain and the Revolt in Cyprus, 1954-1959

Published in print November 1998 | ISBN: 9780198205388
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191676604 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205388.003.0003
‘Terror Island’, 2 April–3 October 1955

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This chapter examines the start of the Greek Cypriot revolt in Cyprus against British rule on April 2 to October 3, 1955. After the April 1 explosions, the British authorities doubted whether the organizers intended to sustain their actions and Governor Robert Armitage was told by his security advisers to expect a lull after Easter in Greece. In May 29, Armitage made a plea to the the Colonial Office concerning the barrier seemingly raised in London against any foreseeable prospect of political progress inside the colony. Because of the increasing tensions and violence by Greek Cypriots and Armitage's inability to handle them he was dismissed on September 24.

Keywords: Revolt; Greek Cypriots; Cyprus; British rule; Robert Armitage

Chapter.  15259 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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