• 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

In 1915, the Dardanelles Straight and Gallipoli Peninsula witnessed one of the most devastating campaigns fought between the Allies and the Ottoman Empire, which was crucial 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 together with the Ottoman military personnel. The Allied losses were almost 45,000 dead and 100,000 wounded, while Ottoman 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. The course explores the impact and use of the Gallipoli /Çanakkale War in the national identity formation of Australia, New Zealand and also Turkey. 

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 representations of Gallipoli in popular culture and literature are examined.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
1. Become familiar with both naval and land aspects of the Allies forcing their way through Dardanelles.
2. Understand the Turkish/Ottoman political and military position during their resistance against the Allied attack on the Gallipoli Peninsula.
3. Situate and analyse the Gallipoli Campaign in its wider context with the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, collapse of the Ottoman Empire and redrawing the boundaries of Middle East,
4. Critically analyse the impact of the Gallipoli Campaign on the future national identity formulations of the warring nations.

Indicative Assessment

Participation (10%) Learning Outcomes 1-4
Written Essay of 3000 words (50%) Learning Outcomes 1-4
Final Exam of 2 hours or 2000 word essay (40%) Learning Outcomes 1-4

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One 2 hour lecture and one 1 hour tutorial per week for 12 weeks. Students are expected to undertake a further 8 hours of independent study each teaching week of the semester (total 130 hours).

Preliminary Reading

Broadbent, Harvey: Gallipoli: The Fatal Shore, London: Viking, 2005.
Carlyon, Les, Gallipoli, Sydney: Macmillan, 2001.
Erickson, Edward J., Gallipoli: The Ottoman Campaign, Barnsley: Pen and Sword, 2010.
Frame, Tom, The Shores of Gallipoli: Naval Dimensions of the Anzac Campaign, Alexandria: Hale and Iremonger, 2000.




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2019 $3000
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4632 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 08 May 2020 05 Jun 2020 In Person N/A

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