War Studies Conference - 20-21 April 2016

27 January 2016

20-21 April 2016

The Great War in the Middle East


Royal Military Academy Sandhurst

20-21 April 2016


Conference Registration Fee: £100

* Reduced fee for postgraduate students and early career researchers of £75 *

(Book by 19 February to secure reduced fee)

Accommodation and dinners can also be booked as optional extras. If you are interested in attending please email Dr James Kitchen for a copy of the conference information pack, booking form and the security form:



Conference Programme

Wednesday 20 April 2016

09.30 – 10.30              Registration

10.30 – 10.40              Welcome and Opening Remarks

                                    RMAS Commandant and Director of Studies

10.40 – 12.30              Panel 1: Global Strategy and the Middle East

Chair: Matthew Hughes (Brunel)

James Renton (Edge Hill) – The British Idea of the Middle East and its Consequences

Hervé François (Historial de la Grande Guerre) – France

Christopher Read (Warwick) – Great Game, Great War, Great Revolution: Continuity and Change in Russian and Soviet Policy in the Middle East 1914-22

Peter Lieb (ZMSBw, Potsdam) – German Policy towards the Middle East in 1918

12.30 – 13.30              Lunch

13.30 – 15.30              Panel 2: Beliefs and War

Chair: John Darwin (Oxford)

Adrian Gregory (Oxford) – Western ‘Crusading’ in the Middle East

Roberto Mazza (Limerick) – Alone, with the Enemy or With God? The Christian Churches of Palestine during the War

John Slight (Cambridge) – Jihad Beyond the Ottoman Empire

15.30 – 16.00              Break

16.00 – 18.00              Panel 3: Military Operations and Adaptation

Chair: James Kitchen (RMAS)

Kaushik Roy (Jadavpur) – Learning and Fighting: The Indian Army in Mesopotamia and Syria, 1914-1918

Aimée Fox-Godden (Birmingham) – ‘From Experience Gained in France’: Disseminating and Adapting Western Front Lessons in the Middle Eastern Theatres, 1914-1918

Metin Gurcan (Bilkent) – Gallipoli

19.00                           Formal Conference Dinner

                                    Old College Dining Room

                                    (Optional – must be booked separately)

Thursday 21 April 2016

09.30 – 11.00              Panel 4: Imperial Home Fronts and ‘Total War’

Chair: Roberto Mazza (Limerick)

Leila Fawaz (Tufts) – Civilians and Soldiers in the Levant 1914-1918

Mario Ruiz (Hofstra) – Martial Law, Rural Labourers, and the Egyptian Home Front, 1914-1918

Oliver Bast (Manchester) – ‘The Rape of Persia’? – World War I in Neutral Iran as a Humanitarian Disaster

11.00 – 11.30              Break

11.30 – 13.00              Panel 5: Tactics and Combat in the Middle East

Chair: Robert Johnson (Oxford)

David Murphy (Maynooth) – The Arab Revolt, 1916-18: Sideshow or Major Campaign?

Nikolas Gardner (RMC Canada) – Tactics and Morale in Indian Expeditionary Force ‘D’, 1915-1916

13.00 – 14.00              Lunch

14.00 – 15.30              Panel 6: Building and Challenging Post-War Empires

Chair: Peter Lieb (ZMSBw, Potsdam)

James Kitchen (RMAS) – Egypt 1919: The British Army and Counter-Revolutionary Operations

Robert Fletcher (Warwick) – Britain's Borderlands in the Post-Ottoman World

Michael Provence (UCSD) – Ottoman Military Culture and Anti-colonial Insurgency in Greater Syria

15.30 – 16.00              Break

16.00 – 17.30              Panel 7: Representations of the First World War in the Middle East

Chair:  Adrian Gregory (Oxford)

Justin Fantauzzo (Memorial University, St John’s) – Amongst Gyppos, Jews, Arabs, and Abdul: Imperial Soldiers and the Levant in Inter-war Fiction

Nadia Atia (QMUL) – Murder in Mesopotamia: Agatha Christie’s Life and Work in the Middle East

Jenny Macleod (Hull) – Memory/Representation of Gallipoli

Gizem Tongo (Oxford) – Ottoman Art of the First World War

Alev Karaduman (Hacipteppe University) – Ottoman Literature and Modern Turkey

19.00                           Buffet Dinner

                                    Victory College Dining Room

                                    (Optional – must be booked separately)