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

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Abstract

By utilizing published and unpublished speeches, memoranda, and letters, this article examines Churchill’s influence on Anglo Turkish relations during the Second World War resituating Churchill in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
Volume23
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

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

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