Monday, March 10, 2014

New military history research: War in Crimea and Afghanistan during WWII

Middle Eastern Studies presents two studies related to military history.

Ibrahim Koremezli writes about espionage in the Balkan theater during the 1853 Crimea War.  The war erupted between Russia and the Ottoman Empire in October 1853 and the Danubian theater was an important location in regards to the war.  The cities of Dobruca and Bessarabia were heterogeneous and cosmopolitan and provided ample opportunity for both sides to collect military intelligence related to the war.  Wallachians, Cossacks, merchants and diplomats assisted the Ottomans and Orthodox Christian Greeks and Bulgarians helped the Russians.  Koremezli writes that both empires kept important historical records on this subject which has not before been carefully studied.

 The Russian Colossus - French caricature of Nicholas I and the Crimean War

 1854 - Photo at Scutari, officers and men of the 93rd Highland Regiment, shortly before their engagement in the Crimean War

Faridullah Bezhan writes on Afghanistan during World War II.  Though Afghanistan did not participate in the war, Bezhan writes that during this period, Afghani politics were shaped by political conflicts that arose between members of the royal family and among the country’s educated groups.   

Mohammed Zahir Shah - Ruler of Afghanistan from 1933 to 1973.  
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