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Tobunken Seminar "THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE and THE CAUCASUS in WWI"

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A Tobunken seminar “THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE and THE CAUCASUS in WWI” by ARSLAN Ozan, Lecturer, Department of International Relations and the European Union, Izmir University of Economics was held on Wednesday 21 June. Here is the brief resume of the conference. Department of International Relations and the European Union, Izmir University of Economics The Great War in the Caucasus covers the period of November 1914 to November 1918. It does not include only the Russian and Ottoman naval and military operations in the Black Sea, the Transcaucasus, Eastern Anatolia and the Northwest Persia between 1914 and 1917 but also a short Ottomano-Transcaucasian war as well as Turkish, British and German expeditions into former Romanov territories in the Caucasus in 1918. Although a secondary theater of operations for both of the Entente and Central Powers, the Caucasian front revealed gradually certain opportunities to the belligerent powers of both camps, such as the invasion of a considerable part of Anatolia by the Romanov Empire bringing it close to the Mediterranean as well as to the British/Indian forces in Mesopotamia, or, the control of oil-rich western shores of the Caspian Sea for the Ottoman and German empires towards the end of WWI. This relatively unknown theater of the First World War was particularly rich in political and military actors after the Russian revolutions of 1917 and the consequent disintegration of the Russian imperial army: the “Transcaucasian Federation” with its Georgian, Armenian and Azerbaijani constituent ethnicities; the Ottoman expeditionary corps to the Eastern Caucasus, the “Caucasian Army of Islam”; the British “Dunsterforce” composed of British, Indian, Australian, New Zealander, Canadian and South African officers and troops; the German Military Mission and the expeditionary corps to Georgia; Kuban, Terek and Persian Cossacks; “ White Russian” military contingents of the Ciscaucasus, and, Kurdish, Assyrian, Persian, Dagestani and Circassian tribal forces with swiftly changing allegiances. After the conference, we had a fruitful discussion and we thank to professor ARSLAN Ozan and to this occasion.


Date :15:30-17:00 on Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Venue : 1st Conference Room 304 (3rd floor), Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, The University of Tokyo

Title :THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE and THE CAUCASUS in WWI

Speaker : ARSLAN Ozan, Lecturer, Department of International Relations and the European Union, Izmir University of Economics.

Chairperson : Prof. HANEDA Masashi (IASA)

Language : English

Abstract: Attached a file (Microsoft Word, docx /  16KB)


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