Thursday, January 9, 2014

New military history research: Oman coup, Paris Revolutionary Tribunal and late 19th century African troops

The Journal of Arabian Studies: Arabia, the Gulf, and the Red Sea presents an abstract on a study of the July 23, 1970 coup in Oman.  The coup replaced Sultan Said bin Taymur with his son Qabus.  The study concludes the coup was actually implemented by the British Foreign Office with reluctant backing from the Ministry of Defense.  Propaganda is alleged to have been spread to hide British involvement in the coup.  

The European History Quarterly has an abstract on a study of the Paris Revolutionary Tribunal of 1793-1794.  The historian who wrote the study challenges the idea that the tribunals were conducted using secret information.  He states instead that the tribunals depended on information provided at the district and communal levels and sow as a more open process than previously considered to be.

Run on the Tuileries on 10. Aug. 1792 during the French Revolution - 1793 by Jean Duplessis-Bertaux

There is also an abstract on a study of Italy’s use of indigenous troops in the late 19th century to protect its African interests.  Italian troops had difficulty operating in African areas and Italy became very dependent on indigenous troops tom police and protect Italian interests.  Despite Italian worries about their trustworthiness, the Italian government continued to use these troops because they had no other options.

Enda Yesus Fort (Church of Christ), Mek'ele, Ethiopia; Site of Ethiopian siege of the Italian garrison between December 1895 and January 1896

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