The Great Powers and the End of the Ottoman Empire

The Great Powers and the End of the Ottoman Empire

The Great Powers and the End of the Ottoman Empire

The Great Powers and the End of the Ottoman Empire

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How far was the end of the Ottoman Empire the result of Great Power imperialism and how far the result of structural weaknesses within the Empire itself? These studies of the foreign policy of each of the Great Powers and the Ottoman Empire examine these fundamental issues.

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Since The Great Powers and the End of the Ottoman Empire went out of print some years ago there has been continued demand by scholars and students for a reissue. This second edition responds to that demand. As neither those who contributed to the first edition of this volume nor those who reviewed it have wished any substantive amendments to be made to it, it remains essentially as when first published in 1984.

Of the many excellent works in related fields that have appeared since the volume first went to press, a few ought to be mentioned here. Among broad works on policy and diplomacy of the First World War, David Stevenson's The First World War and International Politics (Oxford, 1988) should be noted. On European economic penetration in the Ottoman Empire readers would find the following helpful: Roderic H. Davison's Essays in Ottoman and Turkish History, 1770-1920: The Impact of the West (Austin, Texas, 1990), Şevket Pamuk's The Ottoman Empire and European Capitalism 1820-1913: Trade, Investment and Production (Cambridge, 1987) and Donald Quataert's Social Disintegration and Popular Resistance in the Ottoman Empire 1881-1908: Reactions to European Penetration (New York, 1983). On Italian imperial ambitions attention should be drawn to Marta Petricioli's L'Italia in Asia Minore: equilibrio mediterraneo e ambizioni imperialiste alla vigilia della prima guerra mondiale (Florence, 1983). Thomas Child's Italo-Turkish Diplomacy and the War over Libya 1911-1912 (Leiden, 1990) might also be mentioned. Shedding light on German-Turkish relations during the war, Ulrich Trumpener's article, 'Suez, Baku, Gallipoli: The Military Dimensions of the German-Ottoman Coalition, 1914-1918', appeared first in Keith Neilson and Roy A. Prete (eds), Coalition Warfare: An Uneasy Accord (Waterloo, Ontario, 1983) and later in Bela Kiraly and Nandor Dreisziger (eds), East Central European Society in World War One (New York, 1985). One important work on French diplomacy that should be mentioned is M.B. Hayne, The French Foreign Office and the Origins of the First World War 1898-1914 (Oxford, 1993). Finally, on Britain's imperial activities in the Middle East at this time there is my own Moguls and Mandarins: Oil, Imperialism and the Middle East in British Foreign Policy, 1900-1940 (London, 1993).

Marian Kent
Geelong, 1994 . . .

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