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Gallipoli 1915: Through Turkish Eyes

Oral, Haluk

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ISBN 10: 9944882178 / ISBN 13: 9789944882170
Published by Turkiye Is Bankasi/Kultur Yayinlari, Istanbul, 2001
Condition: Good Hardcover
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An ex-library copy in green hard covers of this 485-page, large-format, heavily photo-illustrated history, in an attractive well-protected dust jacket with a spine label, and a small bar code label at the bottom edge of the rear panel. Minor ex-libris markings, sound binding, clean within. Bookseller Inventory # 039790

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Title: Gallipoli 1915: Through Turkish Eyes

Publisher: Turkiye Is Bankasi/Kultur Yayinlari, Istanbul

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Good

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For the forces at Gallipoli, there was no retreat beyond the trenches. Surrounded by the sea on one side and precipitous cliffs on the other, trenches were veritable traps offering no escape. Though death ran rampant in the trenches, they were also the site of human stories that would become the stuff of epics. To the Ottoman soldiers fighting no longer in the name of the Sultan, but for their own people and country, each trench was their homeland. For the Anzac soldiers, too, the battle marked a turning point, as they began to question the British Empire, and with their epic heroism in a distant land so far from home, started to form their own identity. The powers at war in Gallipoli shared a common fate. In a fight to the death waged in trenches facing each another at distances of just eight, ten, twenty meters, they learned to respect one another, and their common fate would lay the foundations for a friendship that would flourish once the battle had drawn to a close. This book is the product of Haluk Oral's passionate quest of some twenty years, during which he fastidiously collected the documents, objects and recollections you will read about herein. It is not a typical study of war or war history. At the heart of this work are the 'human landscapes' of the Battle of Arıburnu, one of the most critical clashes of the Gallipoli Campaign. The author traces the stories of the people of both sides, shaped as they were on the thin line dividing life and death, there on that narrow coastal strip. A bloodstained map, a flask inscribed with its owner's name, purchased from an antique shop and an order handwritten by Mustafa Kemal are just a few of the objects that serve as the points of departure for the stories in this volume. The autonomous short stories in this book, which proves the significance of not only the written word but of visuality in reimagining history, provide us with important clues to the past.

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