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This book examines the history of the Cyprus Tribute, and takes a longer and broader view of the issue than previous studies. It analyses the regional context of the decision to use revenue surpluses for the repayment of debt within the framework of the Eastern Question and Ottoman bankruptcy. We see that the island was always strategically and financially overshadowed by Egypt. Scrutinising political developments in Cyprus through the prism of the tribute issue facilitates a better understanding of its considerable effect on them. The absence of any imperial role for Cyprus as a ' place d'armes ' meant that there was no imperial interest in funding the infrastructural development of the island. British policy was treasury-driven. Diana Markides analyses why it failed, and how its failure resulted in the local colonial government having to impose a deeply unpopular fiscal policy, for which there was no adequate explanation. She examines the extent to which local resistance to this policy affected not only constitutional development on the island and Anglo-Cypriot relations, but the nature of the relations between the two major communities.
Chapter 1 - Bonds and Bridgeheads: The Geopolitical and Financial Context of the British Acquisition of Cyprus, 1875-1878.- Chapter 2 - Creating Tributes: The Formal Establishment of the Cyprus Tribute in Context, 1878-1883.- Chapter 3 - Bricks without Straw: The Dilemmas of the British Administration in Cyprus, 1884-1900.- Chapter 4 - The Cyprus Tribute in Times of Tumult: From Ottoman Suzerainty to British Colonial Rule, 1900-1925.- Chapter 5 - In the Shadow of Egypt: The Abolition of the Ottoman Tribute in Cyprus, 1924-1931.- Chapter 6 - "Unfinished Business": The Tribute 1931-1945.- Chapter 7 - Epilogue.
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