Political and Diplomatic Contexts of the Dardanelles Campaign: On Remembering through Reinterpretation

Okur M. A.

Gallipoli Revisited: A Joint USI-ICWA Initiative, New Delhi, India, 22 - 23 April 2021, pp.18

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: New Delhi
  • Country: India
  • Page Numbers: pp.18
  • Yıldız Technical University Affiliated: Yes


The Battle of Gallipoli is among the special historical confrontations that belligerent parties have turned its legacy into myths that contributed to their national identities and nation-building processes. Both the defending Turks and some constituents of invading army reinterpreted the meaning of Gallipoli in harmony with their changing political and diplomatic standings during the last century's different conjunctures. Especially in Turkey, the symbolic power produced by this colossal historical struggle has attracted political factions organized around social fault lines. Alternative narratives on the reasons of victory have been in rivalry to capture the status of becoming the "true story" of this national legend. This presentation will focus on those topics and try to draw a general portrait on diplomatic and political dimensions of still ongoing debates on the battle of Gallipoli.