1920 Treaty of Svres and the Struggle for a Kurdish Homeland in Iraq and Turkey Between World Wars
Durham, Whitney Dylan
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This dissertation is an examination of the rise and fracturing of Kurdish nationalism and territoriality in the context of the 1920 Treaty of Svres and the division of the defeated Ottoman Empire, and of the ensuing British and Turkish policies toward the Kurds in Iraq and Turkey during the period between world wars. The primary sources used in this study are declassified British diplomatic and intelligence documents. The analysis focuses on the Kurdish struggle through the lenses of nationalism, territoriality, and political geography, particularly Mackinder's Geographical Pivot/Heartland Theory and Spykman's Rimland Theory.
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