The Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey was the site of one of the most tragic and memorable battles of the twentieth century, with the Turks fighting the ANZAC (Australian New Zealand Army Corps) and soldiers from fifteen other countries.
This book explores the history of its landscape, its people, and its heritage, from the day that the defeated Allied troops of World War One evacuated the peninsula in January 1916 to the present. It examines how the wartime heritage of this region, both tangible and intangible, is currently being redefined by the Turkish state to bring more of a faith-based approach to the secularist narratives about the origins of the country. It provides a timely and fascinating look at what has happened in the last century to a landscape that was devastated and emptied of its inhabitants at the end of World War One, how it recovered, and why this geography continues to be a site of contested heritage.
This book will be a key text for scholars of cultural and historical geography, Ottoman and World War One archaeology, architectural history, commemorative and conflict studies, European military history, critical heritage studies, politics, and international relations.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. Cultural landscapes of the Gallipoli peninsula: from mapping to metaphor 3. Archaeology and artifacts of the Gallipoli peninsula 4. Commemoration begins for the Commonwealth and its Allies 5. Commemoration begins for the Ottoman martyrs 6. The future of the Gallipoli peninsula: towards 2023
Lucienne Thys-Şenocak is a professor of cultural heritage management, museum studies, and architectural history in the Department of Archaeology and the History of Art at Koç University in Istanbul, where she has been teaching for 25 years. She has worked on several heritage projects in the Gallipoli region since 1997 and was the co-director of the team which began the documentation of archaeological and conservation research at the Ottoman fortress at Seddülbahir, located on the Gallipoli peninsula at Cape Helles. In addition to the cultural heritage of the Gallipoli peninsula, Thys-Şenocak has published on the architectural patronage of Ottoman royal women, and the heritage of viticulture in Anatolia. She currently advises the Çanakkale Wars and Gallipoli Historic Region Directorate for the restoration and museum project at Seddülbahir, which is expected to be completed and open to the public in 2019. She is a member of the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) in Turkey.