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in Serving the empire in the Great War
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Modernisation had seen life expectancy rates rise and infant mortality rates drop, resulting in a dramatic increase in the Cypriot population, which led to a surplus of people searching for work. The British prevented them from migrating to places with work, thus making the Cypriot Mule Corps a golden opportunity. The service of Cypriots in the British armed forces during the Great War was truly enormous proportional to the population of the island. The British knew how to pull the Cypriots into the Mule Corps, and they knew how to limit their own responsibilities towards these men too. British imperial power was reflected in the passing of laws to procure mules more or less forcibly. In Salonica, they were worked very hard. Yet it was soon realised that mules, no less than men, needed to be rested to reduce sickness and casualties, and extract more effective work out of them.

Serving the empire in the Great War

The Cypriot Mule corps, imperial loyalty and silenced memory

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