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|Title: ||Irish interaction with empire: British Cyprus and the EOKA Insurgency, 1955-59|
|Authors: ||O’Shea, Helen|
|Supervisor(s): ||Jackson, Alvin|
|Issue Date: ||2010|
|Publisher: ||The University of Edinburgh|
|Abstract: ||This research is the first of its kind to explore the complexity of the Irish interaction with empire using one particular case study, British Cyprus during the period of the EOKA insurgency, 1955-59. There are three main areas of enquiry. Firstly, it traces the Twenty-Six County response to decolonisation in Cyprus.
Ireland’s anti-colonial credentials have been cited frequently but all too fleetingly. No
comprehensive study has been done on post-independent Ireland’s response to British
decolonisation anywhere. Popular opinion and how it was reflected in the Irish press
organs is examined to gauge if the response was an expression of a wider Irish anticolonial
sensibility or a suitable peg upon which to hang Irish nationalist grievances.
In dealing with the republican response to the EOKA insurgency, it reveals that no
closer relationship was formed between active Irish republicans and foreign anticolonial
insurgents than that which existed between the IRA and EOKA.
Secondly, this work deals with the Irish institutional response to the Cyprus
Question. The motivations behind the muted response by the Catholic Church and the
more active response by the Church of Ireland are examined. In the field of Irish
foreign policy, it covers the Irish government’s official response and the substantial
role played by Irish delegates at the Council of Europe and at the United Nations on
the Cyprus Question.
Thirdly, this work analyses the Irish participation in British Cyprus during the
period of the EOKA insurgency. In the latter half of the 1950s, Ireland continued to
be far more involved in Britain’s colonial outposts than the hegemonic nationalist
narrative then or since has acknowledged. This work serves as a corrective by
providing an account of the Irish judicial and military contribution to law and order in
Cyprus during the period of the EOKA insurgency.
The research sheds light on neglected aspects of 1950s Ireland and enriches
the existing literature on Ireland and Empire. It adds new depths to the existing body
of material dealing with the Cyprus Emergency. The importance of the discoveries
made by analysing the Irish interaction with the Cyprus Emergency adds weight to
the concept of approaching British imperial history using the archipelagic or ‘fournation’
model. The following provides one piece of that particular jigsaw.|
|Sponsor(s): ||University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Scholarship|
Andrew Smith Memorial Foundation Award
Justin Arbuthnott British-Irish Fund Scholarship
Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
|Appears in Collections:||History and Classics PhD thesis collection|
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