Britain and Turkey in the Middle East: Politics and Influence in the Early Cold War Era

Britain and Turkey in the Middle East: Politics and Influence in the Early Cold War Era

Mustafa Bilgin
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Author:  Mustafa Bilgin
Condition:  New
Format:  Hardback
Pages:  336
Publisher:  Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Year:  2007
ISBN:  9781845113506

In the first work documenting Anglo-Turkish relations in the Middle East in the early Cold War period, Mustafa Bilgin identifies two very distinct stages in the relationship between Britain and Turkey. Before 1952, Turkey relied heavily on Britain to protect it from the 'Soviet menace'. In return for Britain's support, Turkey acted as an honest broker in Britain's increasingly difficult relations with key Middle Eastern states such as Egypt, Iran and Iraq. However Turkey's realisation that it could not rely on Britain, encouraged by Britain's blocking of Turkish membership of NATO in 1952, led to a new alliance between Turkey and the US. This is the first book to understand the development of the Cold War in the Middle East by exploring the Turkish case. "Britain and Turkey in the Middle East" is crucial to grasping the nature of Western strategy in general and British and Turkish strategy in particular during the crucial early years of the Cold War.

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