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Business As Usual, 1945–74

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Britain emerged from the Second World War much weakened but still a world power with far-flung interests, not least in the Middle East. As for Turkey, the war was barely over before it was apparent that it had become a frontline state in the West's emerging 'Cold War' with the Soviet Union. Over the coming years, therefore, it was inevitable that the British Embassy in Turkey would have to deal with many questions pressing heavily on British interests. After the mid-1950s another question constantly threatened the smooth conduct of Anglo-Turkish relations and thus became the embassy's main preoccupation: the fate of Cyprus. How did the embassy adjust to peacetime mode? How, in other words, did it organise itself for business as usual? Accordingly, Britain was among those North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) members who most strongly opposed Turkish membership of the North Atlantic Pact.

Keywords: Anglo-Turkish relations; British embassy; Cyprus; North Atlantic Treaty Organization(NATO) members; Second World War

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