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Elusive Forces in Illusive Eyes: British Officialdom's Perception of the Anatolian Resistance Movement

Yenen, Alp. (2018) Elusive Forces in Illusive Eyes: British Officialdom's Perception of the Anatolian Resistance Movement. Middle Eastern studies, 54 (5). pp. 788-810.

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Abstract

In the aftermath of the First World War, British officials had difficulty understanding the elusive forces behind the Anatolian resistance movement. They anxiously assumed that Kemalists were being controlled by the Unionist leaders in exile and that they were part of an international conspiracy. In this confusion, the fugitive Unionist leaders received disproportionate attention and credit in British intelligence reports, with critical consequences for their political sense-making and decision-making. I argue that the preconception of ‘Young Turks’ in general as well as assumptions about Unionist leaders’ alleged and actual activities after 1918 were crucial for British officialdom's policies towards the Anatolian resistance movement.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Gesellschaftswissenschaften > Seminar für Nahost-Studien
04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Gesellschaftswissenschaften > Seminar für Nahost-Studien > Islamwissenschaft (Reinkowski)
UniBasel Contributors:Yenen, Alp
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Routledge
ISSN:0026-3206
e-ISSN:1743-7881
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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Last Modified:22 Nov 2018 16:13
Deposited On:22 Nov 2018 16:13

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