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Cyprus as I saw it in 1879

SIR SAMUEL WHITE BAKER.
Cyprus as I saw it in 1879. London, 1879

The population of Cyprus is about 200,000, of which number more than three-fourths belong to the Greek Church ; nevertheless the minority of Turks completely dominated prior to the British occupation.

Chapter XVIII. On police, wages, food, climate, etc.

 

HALİL İNALCIK
A note on the population of Cyprus

Halil İnalcık is professor of Ottoman History at
Bilkent University, Ankara.

The fact that Cyprus is an island caused drastic changes in its population over time. In the course of its history, especially in times of drought and locust invasions, famine broke out and caused largescale migrations from the island to Anatolia and Syria, which resulted in sudden, considerable changes in the population and ethnic structure of the island.1 But most of the emigrants subsequently returned home. Also, the adverse economic and social conditions led to continual emigration and long-term depopulation of the island.

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