The British Imperial Army in the Middle East: Morale and Military Identity in the Sinai and Palestine Campaigns, 1916-18

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The First World War has often been understood in terms of the combat experiences of soldiers on the Western Front; those combatants who served in the other theatres of the war have been neglected. Using personal testimonies, official documentation and detailed research from a diverse range of archives, The British Imperial Army in the Middle East explores the combat experiences of these soldiers. The army that fought the Ottoman Empire was a multinational and multi-ethnic force, drawing personnel from across ...

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The British Imperial Army in the Middle East: Morale and Military Identity in the Sinai and Palestine Campaigns, 1916-18

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Overview

The First World War has often been understood in terms of the combat experiences of soldiers on the Western Front; those combatants who served in the other theatres of the war have been neglected. Using personal testimonies, official documentation and detailed research from a diverse range of archives, The British Imperial Army in the Middle East explores the combat experiences of these soldiers. The army that fought the Ottoman Empire was a multinational and multi-ethnic force, drawing personnel from across Britain's empire, including Australia, New Zealand, and India. By taking a transnational and imperial perspective on the First World War, this book ensures that the campaigns in Egypt and Palestine are considered in the wider context of an empire mobilised to fight a total and global war.

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“The British Imperial Army in the Middle East is not exactly a history of the British campaigns in Egypt, Palestine, and Syria, although in reading it one will certainly further one’s understanding of those events […] In giving us this interesting look at the campaign and the men who fought it, The British Imperial Army in the Middle East, a volume in the Bloomsbury series “War, Culture, and Society,” is an excellent contribution to the literature of the Great War.” –A. A. Nofi, NYMAS

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781472505279
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 3/13/2014
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,141,288
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

James E. Kitchen is Senior Lecturer in War Studies at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, UK. He was formerly Lecturer in International History at University College Dublin, Ireland, and a member of its Centre for War Studies. He has also taught at the Royal Air Force College as Lecturer in Defence Studies for King's College London, UK. His research interests lie in the history of modern warfare and imperialism, and he has published on the cultural and military history of the First World War in the Middle East, as well as the conflict's colonial legacy.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1. The Nature of War in Sinai and Palestine
2. A Twentieth-Century Crusade?
3. Command, Control, and Morale
4. Citizen Soldiers at War
5. The Anzac Legend, Mateship, and Morale
6. The Indian Army Fighting for Empire
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index

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