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The Turkish Straits and the Great Powers


From the Montreux Convention to the Early Cold War, 1936-1947


This book studies the Great Power rivalries of the twentieth century concerning Soviet access to the Turkish Straits and the impact they had on the relations with Turkey.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-61719-095-7
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Publication Status: In Print

Publication Date: Jun 11,2010
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 255
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-61719-095-7
$146.00
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The Turkish Straits, meaning the Dardanelles and the Bosphorus, are bodies of water which have long been of great strategic value. Süleyman Seydi’s book discusses the Straits issue in the context of twentieth century politics. Most histories of the Straits focus on the European Great Power rivalries of the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, but Süleyman Seydi is concerned with the Second World War and the Cold War, periods during which the Soviet Union competed with other powers over access to the Mediterranean through the Straits. This power struggle involved the USSR’s main rivals, the United Kingdom and Germany at first and the United States later. Because the Straits issue was a major strategic concern, it influenced the diplomatic relationships between the Great Powers and the Turkish Republic. Süleyman Seydi explores the international and local repercussions of the question over access to the Straits, filling a gap in the current literature on the modern Near East.

The Turkish Straits, meaning the Dardanelles and the Bosphorus, are bodies of water which have long been of great strategic value. Süleyman Seydi’s book discusses the Straits issue in the context of twentieth century politics. Most histories of the Straits focus on the European Great Power rivalries of the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, but Süleyman Seydi is concerned with the Second World War and the Cold War, periods during which the Soviet Union competed with other powers over access to the Mediterranean through the Straits. This power struggle involved the USSR’s main rivals, the United Kingdom and Germany at first and the United States later. Because the Straits issue was a major strategic concern, it influenced the diplomatic relationships between the Great Powers and the Turkish Republic. Süleyman Seydi explores the international and local repercussions of the question over access to the Straits, filling a gap in the current literature on the modern Near East.

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  • CONTENTS (page 8)
  • ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS (page 10)
  • ABBREVIATIONS (page 12)
  • INTRODUCTION (page 15)
  • 1 THE STRAITS QUESTION: THE GREAT POWERS AND TURKISH DIPLOMACY 1774-1936: A HISTORICAL BACKGROUND (page 27)
  • 2 THE MONTREUX CONVENTION AND THE GREAT POWERS' POLITICS VIS-A-VIS THE STRAITS ON THE EVE OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR (page 57)
  • 3 THE TURKISH STRAITS AND GREAT POWER POLICIES DURING THE EARLY PART OF WORLD WAR II FROM OCTOBER 1939 TO JUNE 1941 (page 87)
  • 4 TURKEY'S WARTIME RECORD AS A GUARDIAN OF THE STRAITS (page 123)
  • 5 ANGLO-SOVIET CONTAINMENT DIPLOMACY TOWARDS TURKEY,1943-44 (page 151)
  • 6 PRELUDE TO THE COLD WAR IN THE NEAR EAST.CO-OPERATION OR CONFRONTATION AMONG THE ALLIED POWERS AND THE STRAITS QUESTION AT THE FINAL STAGE OF THE WAR (page 185)
  • 7 AMERICA COMMITTED: COLD WAR IN THE NEAR EAST (page 217)
  • BIBLIOGRAPHY (page 245)
  • INDEX (page 255)
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