Introduction
in British Imperialism in Cyprus, 1878–1915
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During the Anglo-Turkish Convention of June 1878, Lord Beaconsfield's Conservative government demanded and got from the Ottoman Sultan Abdul Hamid II the right to administer and occupy Cyprus. This introduction presents an overview of key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book explores the English/British imperial imagination relating to Cyprus from the time of Richard Coeur de Lion to Benjamin Disraeli, with a focus on the strategic perceptions and cultural aspects of imperialism. It examines the occupation of Cyprus from a more conventional approach, the aims, interests and decision-making processes of Lord Beaconsfield's government. The book investigates the policy in practice from its reception to the realities in Cyprus. It reveals the difficulties encountered and London's reaction. The book also explores the finance/economy, governance and identity, strategic value and international position.

British Imperialism in Cyprus, 1878–1915

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