The Early Twentieth Century, 1900–1931

  • Gregory Neocleous


The beginning of the twentieth century found Cyprus in the same social and economic condition as it was when the British arrived in 1878. Although there had been some economic progress with some commerce, mainly exports of agricultural products (i.e. olives, carobs), the living conditions for the mass of the population remained extremely poor. This was due not only to the maintenance of heavy taxation and the tribute, as explained in the previous chapter, which had removed a huge amount of money from the local economy but also to the fact that there was no form of state intervention in terms of social support, education, health care or social insurance.


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  • Gregory Neocleous
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  1. 1.Department of Social Sciences/Social WorkUniversity of NicosiaNicosiaCyprus

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