in Serving the empire in the Great War
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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book argues that Cypriot mules and mule drivers played a pivotal role in British logistics in Salonica and Constantinople, especially the former. It explores Cypriot society from late Ottoman through to early British rule, until the Great War. The book covers the role of Cyprus during the Great War beyond the Mule Corps to show that the Cypriot contribution was much greater. It explores the impact of the war on Cypriot socio-economic conditions, particularly of so many men serving abroad on the local economy and society. The book delves into the formation of the Mule Corps. It also explores questions such as why and how Mule Corps was formed, why Cypriot mules and men were selected, and its administration and organisation.

Serving the empire in the Great War

The Cypriot Mule corps, imperial loyalty and silenced memory


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