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The Turkish War of Independence: A Military History, 1919-1923

Edward J. Erickson

The dramatic story of the turbulent birth of modern Turkey, which rose out of the ashes of the Ottoman Empire to fight off Allied occupiers, Greek invaders, and internal ethnic groups to proclaim a new republic under Mustafa Kemal (Atatürk).

It is exceedingly rare to run across a major historical event that has no comprehensive English-language history, but such was the case until The Turkish War of Independence brought together all the main strands of the story, including the chaotic ending of World War I in Asia Minor and the numerous military fronts on which the Turks defied odds, fighting off several armies to create their own state from the defeated ashes of the Ottoman Empire.

This important book culminates Erickson's three-part series on the early 20th-century military history of the Ottomans and Turkey. Making wide use of specialized, hard-to-find Western and Turkish memoirs and military sources, it presents a narrative of the fighting, which eventually brought the Turkish Nationalist armies to victory. Often termed the "Greco-Turkish War," an incomplete description that misses its geographic and multinational scope, this war pitted Greek, Armenian, French, British, Italian, and insurgent forces against the Nationalists; the narrative shows these conflicts to have been distinct and separate to Turkey's opponents, while the Turkish side saw them as an interconnected whole.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publish Date: Jul 25th, 2024
  • Pages: 432
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.25in - 6.12in - 1.00in - 1.00lb
  • EAN: 9798765130124
  • Categories: Europe - Greece (see also Ancient - Greece)Wars & Conflicts - World War IModern - 20th Century - General

About the Author

Erickson, Edward J.: - Edward J Erickson is Professor of Military History at the Marine Corps University, USA. He is widely recognized as one of the foremost specialists on the Ottoman Army during the First World War. His most recent publications include Gallipoli: Command under Fire (Osprey Publishing, 2015), Ottomans and Armenians: A Study in Counterinsurgency (2013) and Ottoman Army Effectiveness in World War I (2007).

Praise for this book

"This is an excellent operational history of the war or arguably wars ... Highly recommended." --Balkan Wargamer