The Finest Feats of the War? The Captures of Baghdad and Jerusalem during the First World War and Public Opinion throughout the British Empire

Fantauzzo, Justin (2017) The Finest Feats of the War? The Captures of Baghdad and Jerusalem during the First World War and Public Opinion throughout the British Empire. War in History, 24 (1). pp. 64-86. ISSN 1477-0385

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Abstract

In March and December 1917 the British Empire won two much-needed victories in Mesopotamia and Palestine: Baghdad and Jerusalem. Both cities were steeped in biblical and oriental lore and both victories happened in a year that had been otherwise disastrous. Throughout the British Empire the press, public, and politicians debated the importance of the two successes, focusing on the effect they would have on the empire’s prestige, the Allies’ war strategy, and the post-war Middle East. Far from being overwhelmed by the ‘romance’ of the fighting in the Middle East, the press’s and public’s response reveals a remarkably well-informed, sophisticated, and occasionally combative debate about the empire’s Middle Eastern war effort.

Item Type: Article
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/13060
Item ID: 13060
Keywords: Jerusalem, Baghdad, First World War, press, public opinion, empire
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > History
Date: 5 January 2017
Date Type: Publication
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