The Struggle for Mastery, 4 October 1955–9 March 1956

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:
The Struggle for Mastery, 4 October 1955–9 March 1956

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This chapter examines the appointment of Field-Marshal Sir John Harding as British governor of Cyprus. Harding was only convinced to accept the Cyprus post by the personal plea of the Prime Minister Anthony Eden. However, there were mixed reactions to the appointment of a soldier in Cyprus. This chapter suggests that the tension and ultimately crippling contradictions between political conciliation and security imperatives bedevilled Harding's highly controversial governorship.

Keywords: John Harding; British governor; Cyprus; Anthony Eden; political conciliation

Chapter.  19678 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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