Britain’s Cold War in Cyprus and Hong Kong: A Conflict of by Christopher Sutton

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 most efficient 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 conflict. The constitution and intentional nature of the British colonial approach can provide unparalleled entry to British perceptions and methods, which sought to stability positive socio-political investments with regressive and self-defeating repression, neither of which Britain may well manage to pay for within the chilly warfare clash of empires.

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46. ), British Documents on the End of Empire, Series A, Volume 2: The Labour Government and the End of Empire 1945–1951.  297–304. 47. Kent, British Imperial Strategy, pp.  89–90. 48.  11–12. 49. Heinlein, British Government Policy, pp.  249. 50.  249–250. 51.  98–99. 52. Heinlein, British Government Policy, p. 23; Commons, 13 July 1943, Hansard, 391, col. 48, 72. CHAPTER 3 ‘A World of Grey Men’: The Rise of the CCP, 1938–1946 Between 1938 and 1946, the CCP entrenched itself in Hong Kong. Mirroring the broader Cold War with the Soviet Union, British authorities suspended their pre-war repression of communism and collaborated with the Chinese communists in the war against their common enemy, the Japanese.

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.

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.

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