By Christopher Sutton
Linking defining narratives of the 20 th century, Sutton’s comparative examine of Hong Kong and Cyprus – the place of the empire’s superior 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 warfare. The constitution and intentional nature of the British colonial process provides extraordinary 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 have enough money within the chilly battle clash of empires.
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6). 52 This all changed in the context of 1946, when international anti-colonialism coalesced with the overt breakdown of Allied cooperation, which will be the subject of Part II. Before then, however, Hong Kong and Cyprus had two very different experiences during and immediately after the Second World War. British policy-makers could only watch from afar, as the CCP grew deep socioeconomic roots in Japanese-occupied Hong Kong. Once the British returned, far more immediate concerns demanded their attention, as the war and occupation had upended the economy, population, and infrastructure— not to mention rising tensions across the border which threatened to engulf the colony.
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.