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Colonial Ideas, Modern Warfare: How British Perceptions Affected Their Campaign Against the Ottomans, 1914-1916

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dc.contributor.advisor Worringer, Renee Winter, Cameron 2017-05-04T15:52:12Z 2017-05-04T15:52:12Z 2017-04 2017-02-13 2017-05-04
dc.description.abstract This thesis is an investigation of British campaign against the Ottoman Sultanate during the first two years of WWI. Despite Britain’s purported superiority in all things military and technological, the Ottomans dealt the British several stinging reverses at the Dardanelles and in Mesopotamia, culminating in the capture of a British division at Kut. It is the argument of this thesis that these failures on the part of the British were the direct result of Britain’s colonialist attitudes towards Muslims, and that a reading of both the secondary literature and available primary materials demonstrates this thoroughly. By examining memoirs, diaries, cabinet documents and minutes of War Council meetings, it becomes clear that Lord Kitchener, Winston Churchill, Austen Chamberlain, and other British leaders suffered from a fundamental misunderstanding about the nature of Islam and of the Ottoman Army, and that this misunderstanding underwrote all of their subsequent failures over the 1914-1916 period. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
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dc.subject Ottoman Empire en_US
dc.subject Otto Liman von Sanders en_US
dc.subject Britain en_US
dc.subject Lord Cromer en_US
dc.subject Lord Curzon en_US
dc.subject Lord Kitchener en_US
dc.subject David Lloyd George en_US
dc.subject Military operations en_US
dc.subject Military strategy en_US
dc.subject Mustafa Kemal en_US
dc.subject Gallipoli en_US
dc.subject Kut en_US
dc.subject Winston Churchill en_US
dc.subject World War I en_US
dc.title Colonial Ideas, Modern Warfare: How British Perceptions Affected Their Campaign Against the Ottomans, 1914-1916 en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US History en_US Master of Arts en_US Department of History en_US
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