• Offered by Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Arab and Islamic Studies, Australian Studies, History, Middle East Studies


The Dardanelles Straight and Gallipoli Peninsula witnessed one of the most devastating campaigns fought between the Allies and the Turks, which was to determine the course of the First World War. The British and French joint project mobilised not only a strong navy, but also a military force that included young men from Australia and New Zealand as well as British India. The German officers used their skills in organizing Ottoman forces on the Peninsula. The Allied losses were almost 45,000 dead and 100,000 wounded, while Turkish losses were almost 60,000 dead and 150,000 wounded.  

The memory of these events has played a pronounced role in forming the modern national consciousness of several countries, not least Australia. This course details the naval and military campaigns, the historical and political contexts in which they were fought, and the impact that the Gallipoli campaign has had on later generations.  Turkish, British, French, German, Russian, Australian and New Zealand perspectives are considered, and current archaeological controversies as well as representations of Gallipoli in popular culture are examined. 


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:


The objectives of this course are as follows:

(1) Students taking this course would become familiar with both naval and land aspects of the Allies forcing their way through Dardanelles and the Gallipoli Campaign.

(2) The students would be exposed to the study of the campaigns from both the Allied and the   Turkish perspectives.

With this course students would:

Develop and extend their knowledge and understanding of both naval and military campaigns and the way these campaigns had an impact on the nations involved both in the past and now. 

  • Become familiar with the historical and political aspects of the campaigns and be able to analyze them critically.
  • Be exposed to a range of the major works on the Gallipoli Campaign, including memoirs, reports and current studies.  

Other Information

This course can be counted towards a History Major and a Turkish Major.

Indicative Assessment


50% first compulsory essay (3000 words),

40% final exam or optional second essay (2000 words),

10% tutorial participation.

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1 x 2 hour Lecture plus 1 x one hour tutorial

Preliminary Reading

1.  Broadbent, Harvey: Gallipoli: the Fatal Shore, London: Viking (an imprint of Penguin Books) 2005.

2.  Carlyon, Les: Gallipoli, Sydney: Macmillan 2001.

3.  Frame, Tom: The Shores of Gallipoli: Naval Dimensions of the Anzac Campaign, Alexandria: Hale and Iremonger 2000.

4.  Hickey, Michael: Gallipoli, London: John Murray 1995.

5.  Steel, Nigel and Hart, Peter: Defeat at Gallipoli, London: Macmillan 1994.




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2016 $2718
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2016 $3876
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