"A friendly Neutral": Churchill and Turkey In the Second World War

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By utilizing published and unpublished speeches, memoranda, and letters, this article examines Churchill’s influence on Anglo Turkish relations during the Second World War resituating Churchill in the diplomatic history of Anglo-Turkish relations. By exploring Churchill’s nineteenth-century youth and background, this article will reveal that Churchill attitudes and views of an Anglo/Turkish alliance in the Second World War was shaped by the context of nineteenth-century geostrategic politics like the ‘Great Game’ and the ‘Eastern Question’.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)872-895
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Winston Churchill
  • Turkey
  • World War Two
  • strategy
  • diplomatic history
  • eastern question
  • neutrality


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