International Relations Book Launch:
The Great War and the Middle East
Date: Wednesday 1 February 2017, 6.30 - 8.00pm
Venue: Tower One, Room G.01
Speaker: Dr Robert Johnson
Chair: Dr Heather Jones
Did the First World War shape the modern Middle East? Why do we tend to focus on events in Europe in this global war when the imperial axis ran through the Middle East? Why have studies recently concentrated on the experience of war on the front line and relegated the decision-makers or the agency of the Middle Eastern populations?
In addressing these questions, Rob Johnson explains the inter-connected nature of this conflict, the rationale of strategic decisions, the deflection of planning by operational outcomes and the problems with our framework of interpretation. This new study resituates the Middle East in the First World War, analyses decision-makers and evaluates the problems that arise when attempting to convert military operations into strategic benefits: the results are often surprising.
Rob Johnson is Director of the Changing Character of War (CCW) research programme, Senior Research Fellow of Pembroke College, and Associate of the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford.
Heather Jones is Associate Professor of International History at LSE.
This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.
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