The Middle East at War -- 1914-1922: A Round Table


Sunday, March 8, 2015, 9:00am to 5:00pm


CMES, Room 102, 38 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies will mark the centenary of Turkey’s entry into the First World War in the Middle East by organizing a small, one-day, round-table to include the military campaigns and associated events in Anatolia and the Arab Provinces of the Ottoman Empire, as well as Egypt: The Middle East at War – 1914-1922: A Round Table, organized by Harvard Department of History Professors Roger Owen and Cemal Kafadar.

This roundtable will concentrate on:
-The military: battles and campaigns (at sea, on land, in the air), intelligence collection, conditions of service, treatment of the injured, conduct towards Prisoners of War;
-The home front in Egypt and the Ottoman Empire: impact, civilian morale, rationing, propaganda, attitude to non-combatants; and,
-Literary reflections on the war via poems, short stories, collections of letters.

Participants include:
M. Talha Cicek, History, İstanbul Medeniyet Üniversitesi, Turkey
Cemal Kafadar, History, Harvard University
Hasan Kayalı, History, UC San Diego
Tilman Lüdke, Arnold-Bergstraesser-Institut für kulturwissenschaftliche, Freiburg, Germany 
Roger Owen, History, Harvard University
Elizabeth Thompson, Corcoran Department of History, University of Virginia

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