The war against the Ottomans, on Gallipoli, in Palestine and in Mesopotamia was a major enterprise for the Allies with important long-term geo-political consequences. The absence of a Turkish perspective, written in English, represents a huge gap in the historiography of the First World War. This timely collection of wide-ranging essays on the campaign, drawing on Turkish sources and written by experts in the field, addresses this gap. Scholars employ archival documents from the Turkish General Staff, diaries and letters of Turkish soldiers, Ottoman journals and newspapers published during the campaign, and recent academic literature by Turkish scholars to reveal a different perspective on the campaign, which should breathe new life into English-language historiography on this crucial series of events.
Table of Contents
1.Introduction (Robert Johnson and Metin Gürcan) 2. Contested Historiography: Allied Perspectives on the Gallipoli Campaign (Robert Johnson) 3. A Critique of the Defence Plans in the Gallipoli Battles: Limon von Sanders, Turkish Commanders and the Conduct of Operations (Ferhat Çalışkan) 4. Taking the Initiative at the Tactical Level in the Gallipoli Campaign and Its Effects (Hasan Tahsin Vanlı) 5. Ottoman Defences and Allied Naval Operations in the Çanakkale Straits (Hilmi Kendircioğlu) 6. The Çanakkale Naval Battles in Turkish Official Records (Hülya Toker) 7. Talking to Hearts and Minds: Influencing Strategies in the Gallipoli Campaign (Metin Gürcan) 8. Recognising the Other: Contested Identities at Gallipoli (Alev Karaduman) 9. The Meaning of Gallipoli in Turkish National Identity (Mehmet Akif Okur) 10. Contemporary Turkish Perceptions of the Gallipoli Campaign (Kahraman Şakul) 11. Reflections on the Gallipoli Campaign in Turkish Literature (Şafak Horzum)
Major (Ret.) Metin Gürcan is a visiting research fellow at the Changing Character of War (CCW) programme in Oxford University and a PhD candidate at Bilkent University, Turkey, studying change in the Turkish military and the changing nature of warfare in the 21st century. Dr Robert Johnson is the Director of the Changing Character of War programme at Oxford University. He is currently finishing his book The Great War in the Middle East, to be published in 2016.