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

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

by James E. Kitchen
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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 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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“In giving us this interesting look at the campaign and the men who fought it, Kitchen makes an excellent contribution to the literature of the Great War.” —NYMAS

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.” —NYMAS

“This detailed book enriches our knowledge about cultural, social and military aspects of the war in Palestine and is a welcome addition to the scholarly bookshelf about this campaign” —Journal of Military History

“A timely and much needed addition to the historiography of the First World War ... For both scholars of the First World War and those interested in the civilian-solider at war in the twentieth century, this book is well worth reading” —War in History

“By focusing on morale and military identity among the soldiers that made up the polyglot and cosmopolitan expeditionary force, Kitchen takes his readers far beyond a mere campaign history with a traditional focus on the leadership of Generals Archibald Murray and Edmund Allenby … Kitchen's meticulously researched book makes extensive use of primary source materials ranging from contemporary soldiers' letters and official (and unofficial) documentation to postwar memoirs and oral historiography.” —Journal of Palestine Studies

NYMAS A. A. Nofi

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.
NYMAS

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.
Journal of Military History

This detailed book enriches our knowledge about cultural, social and military aspects of the war in Palestine and is a welcome addition to the scholarly bookshelf about this campaign
War in History

A timely and much needed addition to the historiography of the First World War ... For both scholars of the First World War and those interested in the civilian-solider at war in the twentieth century, this book is well worth reading
Journal of Palestine Studies

By focusing on morale and military identity among the soldiers that made up the polyglot and cosmopolitan expeditionary force, Kitchen takes his readers far beyond a mere campaign history with a traditional focus on the leadership of Generals Archibald Murray and Edmund Allenby … Kitchen's meticulously researched book makes extensive use of primary source materials ranging from contemporary soldiers' letters and official (and unofficial) documentation to postwar memoirs and oral historiography.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781472509284
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
02/25/2014
Series:
War, Culture and Society
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
File size:
3 MB

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.
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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