By Robert Holland
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Eden to Foreign Office, 30 Nov. 1951, FO37I/95I28, RGro23/g. Peake to Eden, i6Oct. 1953, FO37I/IO7502, WGio8i/50. Peake to Eden, 14 Nov. 1953, FC^" 1/107502, WG1081/63. Britain and the Revolt in Cyprus, 1954-1959 33 Grivas, and just as importantly on his financial backers and agents, to desist from plans to establish some kind of militant organization in Cyprus, began to wane. These vibrations were closely calibrated with developments inside Cyprus. 43 Yet whereas in virtually all other British colonies the authorities would have been able to identify at least some suspects, in Cyprus they had almost no idea where to look—except, that is, in the direction of Archbishop Makarios (Grivas' presence in the island, we shall see, was not known to the British till much later).
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.
Secondly, there was the Archbishop-elect's cosmopolitan experience. Of course, it was only cosmopolitan by the yardstick of a small, enclosed island society. Yet it was enough to make him special—representative of a Cyprus coming alive to the outside world, sharply elevating its horizon above the jaded, crushing confines of colonial existence. The third element to be noted was also superficially pedestrian, but of some importance: his gift for finely calculated rhetoric. This attribute is not unusual in an Orthodox primate.
Britain and the Revolt in Cyprus, 1954-1959 by Robert Holland