Talk:Middle-Eastern theatre of World War I

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From my Talk Page:

Dear sir; I was hoping you would consider this proposal. Under the "World War I", "Middle Eastern theatre of World War I" is listed. If you look where the battles had been performed, also between the armstice to "threaty of serves" most the allies were in te anatolian lands. That name does not really cover the material presented under it. If you consider this proposal, either we should rename that to "Ottoman Front" or break it into peaces. I'm specifically objecting the "Caucasus Campaign" and "Dardanelles Campaign" listed under the Middle Eastern, even if you like to interperet that word liberally. --user:Tommiks

From an British Empire perspective the action took place in the Middle East and the command base camp etc was based in Egypt. However as Tommiks points out the Caucasus Campaign did not take place in the Middle East nor geographically did the fighting in the Dardanelles Campaign.

  1. I think the article should remain intact (we should not create two articles)
  2. I think the name for most English speaking people is name is accetable and clear so my prfernce is not to change it.
  3. But it could be renamed to somthing like Middle and Near Eastern theatres of World War I. (As Near East includes Turkey.) The alternative like Middle East and South East European Theatre of World War I seems over long.
  4. The phrase "Ottoman Front" implies one continuous front line which I do not think is applicable in this case, Perhapse Ottoman Camapigns or Ottoman Theatre --Philip Baird Shearer 10:53, 4 February 2006 (UTC)
I have seen this page was added under to the Ottoman Empire page, which was a good idea. Previous page, "Fronts of the Ottoman Empire (World War I)" did not develop significant content. However, "Middle Eastern" is a concept which really do not cover this Theatre. It might have been used by an English speaking audiance which percieved those lands as distant lands and not cared for the datails. But given the current developments this concept has been changed drastically, even among the English speaking population. To direct people correct concepts, and PLEASE read the text, every activity performed in this Front for the goal of sharing of the Ottoman Empire, I WOULD GIVE MY VOTE to "Ottoman Theathre of the World War I".--Karabekir 20:53, 4 February 2006 (UTC)
I feel "Ottoman Theatre" is a good choice. Campaigns gives a feeling of seperate events. However, idea behind whole thing was already set before the war began. We can create a war box of "Ottoman Theatre" and locate the individual campaigns under it. thanks guys.--tommiks 06:25, 5 February 2006 (UTC)

Most English language speakers are searching on the web for the conflict they are likely to look under "Middle East" not "Ottoman". The trouble with the term "Ottoman Theatre" or ("Ottoman Theater") is that AFAICT it is a neologism see Wikipedia:Avoid neologisms. Searching Google only throws up one page which looks like a translation. The term "Middle East Theatre" is not see for example the link in the further reading section: The Middle East during World War One By Professor David R Woodward. Philip Baird Shearer 12:36, 5 February 2006 (UTC)

Is Ottoman Empire a Middle East empire? Or is it an empire that covers more than one region? Why are you packaging it to a single region? Why are these people mentioned by Philip Baird Shearer looking "Middle East" but not "Ottoman" under WWI? I feel, they might be interested in history of Iraq-Iran-Syria more than WWI. If so, what is the real objective of the page. I hope they know that, these national states do not exist in this period of time. Anyhow, what exists seems to be the root of the discussions, even for the experts. :) Is this page directed to British Nationalism and its results on Middle East; A subjective explanation of events based on English view point; or explain objectively a specific period that millions lost their life for Imperialism. Get to your senses, buddies. --OilPolitics 21:54, 5 February 2006 (UTC)
Thanks for the perspective. I do agree with the Wikipedia:Avoid neologisms but look at the situation; if there is a real need to keep the name, than we have to get rid of the two major campains under it. If you carefully analyze the issue, for the Ottomans Middle East is only one side of the issue. I think problem arises because you concentrate on Middle East as the highest term, but it is not the reality. That is also apparent when you look at the WWI page. Three campaigns against Ottomans are out of order among very orderly Europe and Africa theaters. I can see how this puts whole page biased against the one of the biggest issues of the war. I also remember some cases that claimed this perspective arises as people like Professor David R Woodward wants to push a specific perspective which might (argumentable) loose its weight if you look under one higher organizing issue, the process of sharing Ottoman Empire. I think if you want to avoid neologisms, you should find a better way to include that term, instead of getting rid of the higher term, which is “Ottoman Front.” Or another way to say it, your point is taken, we need to find an organization that will reflect your perspective, and maybe sub categorize two campaigns (middle east campaigns) under main theater page, which they really are (without any need to stretching) .--Karabekir 20:35, 5 February 2006 (UTC)
NOTE: I do not see the fairness in covering four campains and would have a conclusion statement like Professor David R Woodward's. "The war ended with the British occupying the territory that was to become Iraq, Palestine, Trans-Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. With the Ottoman Empire destroyed, Russia paralysed by foreign intervention and civil war, and French influence limited somewhat by their minor military role in the Middle East, Britain's military success made her the dominant power in the region. The resulting settlement, which fostered an instability that continues to be a source of conflict today, generated much controversy at the time and has continued to do so ever since." This statement only covers the two fronts. Either it is really intended for the middle east, or the person has concentrated his study too much which causes him to loose the sight. In this respect other fronts should be taken out of this page. --Karabekir 20:48, 5 February 2006 (UTC)

I will try to answer the question about why people from the (British) Commonwealth will perceive all three campaigns as in the Middle East theatre. Now we (who are discussing this) all know that the Dardanelles are not in the Middle East, but the men fighting on the Allied side were in Egypt before embarking for the Dardanelles (or Palatine) so the perception rightly or wrongly is that the Dardanelles is a Middle East campaign. This is the viw that most people who know anything about the campaign still have. The term does not have to be a correct to be used. As for the fourth campaign, as far as the English reading world is concerned, it did not exist unless the person has a very detailed knowledge of WWI history. We could strip that campaign out of this article but I see no advantage to that as it does introduce English speaking people to the concept that the war against Turkey was more than a British Empire effort and that the Turkish high command had more to worry about than attacks by just the British. --Philip Baird Shearer 03:06, 6 February 2006 (UTC)

I like your response; AND point 1: Allied side were in Egypt before embarking There is no need to discuss where soldiers who shed their blood in Gallipoli originally located. We do not call this war as "Australian war". point 2: know anything about the campaign still have Whole argument, even your claim that Ottoman Front is an neologism is based on this biased perception, teaching, propaganda, etc. This teaching is what really under discussion. "Ottoman Front" exists under the secret agreements, if you accept it here or not. point 3. "English speaking people" I always thought, I 'm an English speaking people. You going to have hard time making me believe that I do not speak English. I want to ask you this question. "What is common among these people that they were not thought to see the WWI under the secret agreements, or mainly Ottoman Front" point 4: Turkey. You personally need to think this word. If it is geological word, it does not cover the issue. If it is the name of a state, it did not exist at that time. If you are talking about an Empire, it is "Ottoman Empire". Ottomans did not like to be associated with Turk, Turkish, or even Turkey. They saw themselves bigger than this concept. I guess it is your problem that you can only read from one side. "Not able to communicate with the language of other people might be a problem." I hope this does not extent to other English speaking people of yours. point 5: It is disappointing to recognize that truth does not have a value to your arguments. More dissappointing is that You recognize that there are problems under what you are pushing. It seems you had a chance to clear one big misconception about WWI, but you have chosen to ignore. I HOPE THESE EXPERTS OF YOURS WOULD RECONSIDER. --Karabekir 16:45, 6 February 2006 (UTC)
I'm SURPRISED that Briths did not argue "Caucasus Campaign" is also a middle east campaign. At the end, their forces in the cacusus (after the armstice) moved from the middle east. This thread is getting interesting. :-)) Go Brits! Go Brits! Go Brits! Concure the electronic world. --OilPolitics 19:44, 6 February 2006 (UTC)
I propose to call it " Barbarian Turkish Front" like in this website. And them we can put pictures of people on horsebacks. We can even put a link to warlords, and barbarians check this site: Official History Channel --OilPolitics 19:58, 6 February 2006 (UTC)

Theatre by campaign or chronological order[edit]

Personally I think that the information should be by campaign not chronologically, although the paragraphs/subsections of each campaign section can/ought to be arranged chronologically . user:OttomanReference, by the edits (s)he has made clearly thinks that the theatre should be organised chronologically.

My major objection to this is that the campaigns were not clearly linked and it destroys the ability to place "Main article" links in each of the sections. I am not against having a timeline section in this article but I do not think that the all of article should be arranged chronologically What do others think? --Philip Baird Shearer 23:30, 26 October 2006 (UTC)

If we keep it as it is; the campaign's have their own pages, which makes this article a collection of introduction sections of these campaigns; That should be the main reason to change the article to a time line, so that the links between the campaings can be build. Otherwise what is the use of this article? IT BECOMES a copy cat of the campaigns. ALSO it is naive to assume that the campaigns did not have any higher order links to each other. Ottomans constantly moved sources between the fronts, which falsifies the idea that campaigns were different from each other. Also politically and time wise these campaigns were related to each other. Summary (a)we need an article that tells what happened each year (b) we need to tell why other fronts opened when Gallipoli did not work (c) we need to tell the movement of the forces among the fronts to show how political decisions were reflected on the battle field decisions. (d) brought this article to a unique level that would break the current "just the collections of introduction sections" THANKS--OttomanReference 00:38, 27 October 2006 (UTC)
Philip Baird Shearer: I do not think that the all of article should be arranged chronologically I do not know why you say that because the article has the campaigns listed at the beginning of the sections. If there is another way to do it, I would appreciate to learn that. However, I might be missing your point, as campaigns are there at the beginning of every paragraph, ALREADY. THANKS--OttomanReference 00:51, 27 October 2006 (UTC)
I would suggest having sections for each campaign—as that allows the most coherent narrative—but arranged chronologically. Thus, while there will be overlaps (i.e. a section's narrative will start before the previous section's ends), the overall flow will follow logically through the course of the war. Kirill Lokshin 01:10, 27 October 2006 (UTC)

So that people can see at a glance the two proposed alternatives for the section headers:

--Philip Baird Shearer 01:22, 27 October 2006 (UTC)

Well, the version by year definitely has its merits, as it represents an overall chronological narrative. Done only by campaign, it is more difficult to get a whole overall picture of what was happening in each campaign in a single given year. (Yes, I know I'm stating the obvious. I just want to get it out there. Say outright the pros and cons of each.) On the other hand, doing it by year looks over-organized; it looks more like a list than prose paragraphs, and I find it somewhat harder to follow; there's no flow like there would be in regular prose. The by campaign version is less clear on the overall picture, and makes it seem as if each of these actions was entirely separate - five separate narratives strung through the same chronology. (Then again, the by year one does that too...) But I do think it's prettier done by campaign. Looks more like a proper article than bullet points. Ultimately, I'm interested to see what the end result of this discussion is, and whether or not we could/should/will apply it to other theatres of WWI & WWII for the sake consistency. Good luck! LordAmeth 07:43, 27 October 2006 (UTC)

Incorrect Prelude[edit]

"The Ottoman Empire's entry into World War I occurred on October 29, 1914 when ships of the Ottoman navy shelled Odessa."

This is incorrect. During World War I, the Ottoman Empire was close to entering the war on the side of the Allies. The reason that this did not happen is because the British were supposed to deliver a warship to the Turks, but even after it had been fully paid for by the common folks (including Turkish schoolchildren), the British had decided on not delivering it after all. No refunds either. Meanwhile, Germany takes note of this and makes a pseudo-gift of a couple of warships. As a result, the Ottoman Empire joins the Central Powers.—The preceding unsigned comment was added by WiiVolve (talkcontribs) 19:10, 30 January 2007 (UTC)

I don't think that the current sentence shown on the article describes any of that. -- WiiVolve 19:09, 30 January 2007 (UTC)

removed a bit[edit]

"Turkish peasantry of Anatolia drops to 40% of the pre-war levels" this is a misunderstanding The source simply says "So the burden of military service in the regular units in the front line fell overwhelmingly on the Turkish peasant population of Anatolia, which constituted about 40% of the total population..." 

16:52, 21 August 2008 (UTC)Leroyhurdfan (talk)

adding a link[edit]

I found a really good link to a site that has vintage and new maps of the middle eastern front of world war one. I am adding it to the bottom of the page due to the lack of good links. If you feel its not good, go ahead and take it down, but I think it adds alot that you cant cram into the article. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Kofbritain (talkcontribs) 04:24, 25 August 2010 (UTC)

Page Name[edit]

Ottoman Front page name should be changed. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Leonade16 (talkcontribs) 19:10, 15 April 2013 (UTC)