Today the West tends to understand the Middle East primarily in terms of geopolitics: Islam, oil, and nuclear weapons. But in the nineteenth century it was imagined differently. The interplay of geography and politics found definition in a broader set of concerns that understood the region in terms of the moral, humanitarian, and religious commitments of the British empire. Smyrna’s Ashes reevaluates how this story of the “Eastern Question” shaped the cultural politics of geography, war, and genocide in the mapping of a larger Middle East after World War I.


Armenia; Armenia (Republic); Britain; Bulgaria; Genocide; Geopolitics; Great Britain; History; Humanitarianism; Imperialism; Middle East; Near East; Nineteenth century; Ottoman Empire; Turkey; World War (1914-1918)


Cultural History | History | Other International and Area Studies | Political History | Political Science | Race and Ethnicity


Series: GAIA Books

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Tusan, Michelle. (2012). Smyrna's Ashes: Humanitarianism, Genocide, and the Birth of the Middle East Location: Global, Area, and International Archive. Retrieved from: http://www.escholarship.org/uc/item/5626s1fw

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