Britain’s Cold War in Cyprus and Hong Kong: A Conflict of by Christopher Sutton

By Christopher Sutton

Linking defining narratives of the 20th century, Sutton’s comparative learn of Hong Kong and Cyprus – the place of the empire’s leading communist events operated – examines how British colonial policy-makers took to cultural and ideological battlegrounds to struggle the anti-colonial imperialism in their communist enemies within the chilly struggle. The constitution and intentional nature of the British colonial procedure supplies exceptional entry to British perceptions and methods, which sought to stability positive socio-political investments with regressive and self-defeating repression, neither of which Britain might come up with the money for within the chilly conflict clash of empires.

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98–99. 52. Heinlein, British Government Policy, p. 23; Commons, 13 July 1943, Hansard, 391, col. 48, 72. CHAPTER 3 ‘A World of Grey Men’: The Rise of the CCP, 1938–1946 Between 1938 and 1946, the CCP entrenched itself in Hong Kong. Mirroring the broader Cold War with the Soviet Union, British authorities suspended their pre-war repression of communism and collaborated with the Chinese communists in the war against their common enemy, the Japanese. With the defeat of Japan in 1945, however, the CCP found itself in a favourable position within the war-torn colony to organize its external affairs particularly regarding the impending resumption of the Chinese Civil War and the rise in increasingly violent, often communistled anti-colonial movements in East Asia, especially in French Indochina, the Dutch East Indies, and British Malaya.

49.  113. 50.  110. CHAPTER 4 Moderate, Irreproachable, and Organized: The Rise of AKEL, 1941–1946 Between its origins in 1941 and the municipal elections in 1946, AKEL, similar to the CCP in Hong Kong, established itself as the most powerful political force in Cyprus and the colonial government’s primary enemy. AKEL did so by taking advantage of great local discontent and geopolitical upheaval caused by the Second World War and the Greek Civil War as well as Britain’s efforts to liberalize its colonial rule to encourage loyalty across the empire.

He estimated that bombs, fire, and looting had destroyed about 15 per cent of properties across the colony, with some areas as high as 60 per cent. 21 There was indeed much work to be done if Hong Kong was going to become a British bulwark against Soviet expansionism in East Asia. e. through militarization, greater self-government, and/or economic growth), which provoked considerable disagreements between and within Hong Kong and London. The first of such disagreements occurred in Hong Kong between the returning civil governor and his successor (see Chap.

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