Book Review – ‘Gallipoli’ by W. Mark Hamilton

By W. Mark Hamilton, published November 2020


Jenny Macleod, the co-founder of the International Society for First World War Studies, has written an interesting and novel new book on an old topic, Gallipoli. This slim volume is part of Sir Hew Strachan’s Great Battles Series and came out at the centenary of Gallipoli (1915). The 200-plus pages of Gallipoli are evenly divided with a concise, but excellent account of the battle, and an examination of the subsequent historic commemorations and the rise of new national identities. As Strachan describes in his introduction to the battle series, each book ‘situates the battle which it discusses in the context of the war in which it occurred, but each then goes on to discuss its legacy, its historical interpretation and reinterpretation, its place in national memory and commemorations, and its manifestation in art and culture’ …

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Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies

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