Book Review-‘America’s Black Sea Fleet: The US Navy amidst war and revolution, 1919–1923’ by Robert Shenk

By Evan Mawdsley, published November 2020


The aftermath of the First World War in Asia Minor and southern Russia eerily anticipates current events. Nevertheless what happened then is certainly little remembered outside the region. The defeat of the Ottoman Empire in October 1918 was followed by five years of cruel conflict and ‘ethnic cleansing’ in Anatolia and elsewhere. The opening of the Turkish Straits gave Allied and American ships access to the Black Sea. Asia Minor was in confusion from the outset, with a weak and humiliated government imposed by the Allied victors. Even in 1918–19 bloody inter-ethnic armed conflict raged with Turks on the one side and Armenians and Greeks on the other…

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Filed under: Interwar
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Strategy & Diplomacy

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