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The Formation of Cypriot Society

  • Alexios Alecou
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Abstract

Up until World War II, the greater part of the island of Cyprus was controlled by the senior clergy, an oligarchy of large landowners, the old notables. This drastically slowed the evolution of Cypriot society to the extent of validating the portrayal of its early twentieth century structures as “archaic.” Senior clergy and landowners cooperated, forming the ruling class. A group of merchants—the embryo of the future bourgeoisie—followed, along with a small group of intellectuals, predominantly educators. The vast majority of the populace were farmers and, to a limited degree, craftsmen.1

Keywords

Foreign Affair Colonial Government British Rule Municipal Election National Liberation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexios Alecou
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  1. 1.University of LondonLondonUK

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