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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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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.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • 1. Anglo-Turkish Relations in the Middle East: The Historical Background to 1945
  • 2. The Emergence of the Soviet Threat in Anglo-Turkish Relations (1945-47)
  • 3. Britain, Turkey and the Middle East (1945-47)
  • 4. The Question of Palestine in Anglo-Turkish Relations, (1947-50)
  • 5. An Active Foreign Policy: Turkey's Involvement in the British Defence Plans and Her Admission to NATO (1950-52)
  • 6. The Fall of British Regional Defence Plans and the Rise of Turkish Triangular Strategy (1952-53)
  • Conclusions
  • Appendices
  • Bibliography
  • Index

Author Info

Mustafa Bilgin is Associate Professor of International History at Kahramanmara Sutcu Imam University, Turkey.

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
Series: Library of International Relations

ISBN: 9781845113506
Publication Date: 23 Oct 2007
Number of Pages: 333

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