Turkey and Britain 1914-1952: From Enemies to Allies

Geographical Focus: Turkey, UK, Middle East, Balkans

Year(s): 2015-2019

Management Team: Sir David Logan (Vice-President, BIAA), Prof. Stephen Mitchell FBA (Chairperson, BIAA), William Park (King’s College London), and Dr Warren Dockter (Clare Hall, Cambridge).

Funding: BIAA, British Embassy at Ankara

Summary: The British Institute at Ankara is undertaking research to study the relationship between Turkey and Britain from the First World War, when the strategic alignments of the two nations placed them on opposing sides during one of the War's most traumatic battles - the 1915 Gallipoli Campaign - to Turkey’s entry into NATO in 1952 in the context of the Cold War between the western powers and the Soviet Union.

From Enemies to Allies aims to create an active network of scholars from Turkey, the UK and other countries, bringing diverse approaches to the study of the early Turkish republic, especially its foreign policy, its relationship with Britain, and its place in the world order. Participants draw on and represent their own historiographical traditions and access a full range of archival and other written source material from the UK, Turkey and elsewhere.

The project, which focuses primarily on diplomatic and political history, has the support of the British Embassy in Ankara and consists of four international workshops, two in Turkey and two in the UK. The final workshop will take place in Istanbul in 2019.



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History, Politics and Social Sciences
International & Regional Relations
Late Ottoman & Early Republican History

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