Ottoman Empire
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Ottoman Empire

The Ottoman Empire entered the First World War on the side of the Central Powers in November 1914. The real decision to take this step was not made by the cabinet, but by an inner circle of Young Turk politicians on October 25. Two days later, on the orders of minister of war Enver Pasha, a Turkish naval force under the command of the German Admiral Souchon attacked the Russian Black Sea Fleet in its bases. The Turks later sought to justify this unprovoked attack by claiming that th…

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Zürcher, Erik-Jan, “Ottoman Empire”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 20 September 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0449>
First published online: 2015



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