Gertrude Bell on horseback, Baghdad, 1917. Bell was a Mid-East adventuress, and formidable personality in colonial Britain. A contemporary of Lawrence of Arabia, Bell's influence on Mid-East politics made her the most powerful woman in the British Empire in the years after World War I
Brigadier-General J.V. Campbell (on bridge) congratulates soldiers of the 46th (North Midland) Division at Riqueval after their successful crossing of the St Quentin Cana
Scottish WWI poster, Scottish War Savings Committee, Palmerston Place Edinburgh - For Honour's Sake Our Cause Is Just - Join A War Savings Association - Go To A Bank Or Post Office To-Day L1 for 15s 6 Buy War Savings. Artist: Forde, c.1917
Karen Barkey is Professor of Sociology and History. She studies state centralization / decentralization, state control and social movements against states in the context of empires. In her recent work she has also explored the issue of toleration and accommodation in pre-modern empires. Her research focuses primarily on the Ottoman Empire, and recently on comparisons between Ottoman, Habsburg and Roman empires.
Bucknam Pasha or Pacha (1869-1915) was a Canadian-born American citizen, Ransford Dodsworth Bucknam, who served as a Rear Admiral in the Turkish Navy. He was working as an officer at a shipbuilding company in Philadelphia; he delivered a war ship to Constantinople, and became a favorite of the Sultan's. He later formed the Ottoman Anglo-American Company. (My grandfather's half-brother)
'The Soviet Union and Iran had reached an agreement that gave the Soviets an oil concession in Iran. With this promise in hand, the Soviets...moved their troops out of Iran in April 1946. Almost immediately, the Iranian government reneged on the oil deal...The Soviets were furious, but refrained from reintroducing their armed forces into Iran for fear of creating an escalating conflict with the US and Great Britain. The Iranian crisis...helped set the tone for the developing Cold War.'