Gallipoli : Great Battles

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The British-led Mediterranean Expeditionary Force that attacked the Ottoman Empire at Gallipoli in 1915 was a multi-national affair, including Australian, New Zealand, Irish, French, and Indian soldiers. Ultimately a failure, the campaign ended with the withdrawal of the Allied forces after less than nine months and the unexpected victory of the Ottoman armies and their German allies.

In Britain, the campaign led to the removal of Churchill from his post as First Lord of the Admiralty and the abandonment of the plan to attack Germany via its 'soft underbelly' in the East. Thereafter, it was largely forgotten on a national level, commemorated only in specific localities linked to the campaign. In post-war Turkey, by contrast, the memory of Gallipoli played an important role in the formation of a Turkish national identity, celebrating both the ordinary soldier and the genius
of the republic's first president, Mustafa Kemal. The campaign served a similarly important formative role in both Australia and New Zealand, where it is commemorated annually on Anzac Day. For the southern Irish, meanwhile, the bitter memory of service for the King in a botched campaign was forgotten
for decades.

Shaped initially by the imperatives of war-time, and the needs of the grief-stricken and the bereft, the memory of Gallipoli has been re-made time and again over the last century. For the Turks an inspirational victory, for many on the Allied side a glorious and romantic defeat, for others still an episode best forgotten, 'Gallipoli' has meant different things to different people, serving by turns as an occasion of sincere and heartfelt sorrow, an opportunity for separatist and feminist
protest, and a formative influence in the forging of national identities.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 280 pages
  • 148 x 222 x 21mm | 474g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 28 b&w halftones, 2 maps
  • 019964487X
  • 9780199644872
  • 674,866

Table of contents

Introduction ; 1. Origins ; 2. Invasion ; 3. Stalemate ; 4. Australia and the Civil Religion of Anzac ; 5. New Zealand and Anzac ; 6. Britain and Ireland: Gallipoli Day or Anzac Day? ; 7. Turkey and 18th March ; Conclusion ; Further Reading ; Notes ; Index
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an essential addition to our understanding of the consequences of the Gallipoli campaign. * Battlefield Trust * I strongly recommend Jenny Macleod's brilliant Great Battles: Gallipoli to readers interested in how the memorialisation of battles and campaigns informs our contemporary world. * British Journal for Military History * It is within [a] bleak landscape of defeat that Jenny Macleod finds Gallipoli's lasting importance. The battle, she argues, and the acrimony of its aftermath, would help to birth four new nations an independent Australia, New Zealand, Irish Free State and Kamalist Turkey. * Victor Davis Hanson, Times Literary Supplement *
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About Jenny MacLeod

Jenny Macleod is a Senior Lecturer in 20th Century History at the University of Hull, having previously worked at the University of Edinburgh and King's College, London. A graduate of Edinburgh and Pembroke College, Cambridge. she is the co-founder of the International Society for First World War Studies and an associate editor of its journal, First World War Studies.
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