Workshop - The British Empire and the Turkish Republic in the 1920s and 30s, 31 March – 1 April 2017, Churchill College, Cambridge, UK

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The British Empire and the Turkish Republic in the 1920s and 30s 

Churchill College, Cambridge, 31 March – 1 April 2017

The workshop covers relations between Britain and its expanding empire with the newly established Turkish Republic in the first decades of its existence.

Themes and Research Questions

The Turkish War of Independence, the Çanak Crisis and occupation of Istanbul; The negotiation and impact of the Treaty of Lausanne; The end of the Caliphate in Turkey and the British Empire; Turkey in British Middle Eastern Policy; Secularism, the women’s movement, and Ataturk’s Reforms; The Mosul Dispute; Kurdish nationalism in Turkey and Iraq.

Confirmed speakers

  • Professor Richard Toye (Exeter University)
  • Sir Michael Llewellyn-Smith
  • Dr. Daniel-Joseph MacArthur-Seal (BIAA)
  • Dr. Warren Dockter (Aberwystwyth University)

Call for papers

We invite scholars interested in taking part in the project to submit proposals for papers to Submissions will be considered both on their merits and on their relevance to the project as a whole, and we apologise in advance if we are unable to accept all proposals. If you are interested in offering a paper, we would ask you to submit an abstract of 250 words and a short statement explaining the relevance of your proposal to the project. Please do so by 7 January 2017.


Proposals for papers should be sent to

Enquiries about any aspect of the project or the workshops can be addressed to any member of the organising committee:

Sir David Logan (Chairman, BIAA), e-mail:

Prof. Stephen Mitchell FBA (Hon. Sec. BIAA), e-mail:

Dr Warren Dockter (Churchill College, Cambridge), e-mail:

For more information click "Further official information" below.

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