By Gabriel Doherty
Advent by means of Garret Fitzgerald. This publication seeks to interpret the occasions of Easter Week 1916 because the critical defining occasion of a 'long revolution' in Irish background. The origins of the lengthy revolution lie within the moment half the 19th century, and its legacy remains to be being performed out within the first years of the twenty-first century. stated specialists on particular themes search to discover the layered family and overseas, political, criminal and ethical facets of this uniquely influential and debatable occasion. participants are: Rory O' Dwyer, Michael Wheatley, Brendan O'Shea and Gerry White, D.G. Boyce, Francis M. Carroll, Rosemary Cullen Owens, Jerome aan de Wiel, Adrian Hardiman, Keith Jeffery, Mary McAleese, Owen McGee, Seamus Murphy and Brian P. Murphy.
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Whatever practical military significance Cyprus may have had for the United Kingdom was shortly afterwards made redundant by the occupation of Egypt in 1882. It was thereafter that country— principally through the base at Suez—which became the linchpin of British strategy in the Orient, and eventually played such a large part in two world wars; in the 1 J. Bennett, minute, 21 Jan. 1950, CO537/6228. - H. Temperley, 'Further Evidence on Disraeli and Cyprus', English Historical Review (January 1930, PP.
Meanwhile, the attention ofministers and officials turned instead to the possibilities of executing a kind of counter-coup in Cyprus. In this regard it was argued in the Colonial Office that the current deployment of Enosis forces in both Cyprus and Greece might hold 'tactical possibilities'. If these forces were allowed to approach a peak of excitement, it was pointed out, it might be possible 'with a mixture of care and boldness . . 22 It was in this supple (perhaps too-supple) vein that the idea of a pre-emptive strike against Makarios and his supporters took shape.
Just as important as Makarios' work inside Cyprus was his tireless campaigning beyond its shores. During May 1952 he visited Egypt, the Lebanon, and Syria, partly ministering to Orthodox communities, but more particularly scouting out a government to sponsor Enosis at the United Nations—the real purpose here being to humiliate Greece into doing so herself. Makarios' visit to an Arab world still smarting from the disastrous war with Israel in 1948/9 afforded him his first glimpse of unbridled anti-westernism, and provided the kernel for the 'non-aligned' philosophy which was powerfully to influence him in future years (there was also concern in Whitehall that his entourage might make contact with the arms-dealers now doing a brisk trade in the region).
1916 - The Long Revolution by Gabriel Doherty