CONFERENCE: Britain, Turkey and World War II. Alliance, Conflict and Neutrality.

24 September 2018 09:30 to 18:30 | Oxford

Investcorp Auditorium, St. Antony's College, 62 Woodstock Road, OX2 6JF

Britain, Turkey and World War II. Alliance, Conflict and Neutrality.

Monday 24 Sept. Investcorp Auditorium, St Antony's College, Oxford. 9.30 - 18.00 followed by a reception.

This conference is the third meeting in a series which brings together Turkish and British historians to explore the two countries’ relations in the twentieth century, as they moved from the fatal confrontation at Galllipoli towards a formal alliance and common cause under the umbrella of NATO in the 1950s. The impact of the Second World War was catalytic. The conference will examine the origins and effects of the Tripartite Treaty between Turkey, France and Britain of 1939, and the Turkish decision to opt for de facto neutrality in 1940.  Subsequent sessions will also address Churchill’s shifting attitudes, and the importance of the roles played by the USSR and the USA in determining the strategic alignment of Turkey between 1939 and 1945.

This is a joint event with the British Association for Turkish Area Studies (BATAS).

The speakers include: Professor Dilek Barlas (Koç University), Professor William Hale (SOAS), Professor Mustafa Aydın (Kadır Has University), Dr Warren Dockter (University of Aberystwyth), Dr Edward Corse, Dr. Şuhnaz Yılmaz (Koç University) and Professor Bülent Gökay (Keele Unıversıty).

Pricing information: £10 conference fee, reduced to £5 for all full-time students, BATAS and BIAA members.  Pre-booked lunch (optional) £13.

To book: please register via the link below

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Full ticket £10

Concessions (BATAS and BIAA members, and Full-time students) £5


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