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Gallipoli Campaign, 1915 has been studied from a variety of perspectives relying on the historical and military records. Especially the academic interest is noteworthy and the scholarly input is remarkable in the works of the combatant countries. However, the fictional representations and personal stories of the Gallipoli campaign have been limited compared to the grand historical narratives produced by the combatant countries. Objective grand historical narratives dominate the field of study while the subjective stories have been ignored and the human side left out. It is great to see a growing interest on the representations of Gallipoli in the recent years. Remembering the Gallipoli Campaign through writing has become a significant effort in many areas ranging from military history to fiction. As the centenary of the First World War is approaching there is more need to remember and commemorate the Gallipoli campaign in a variety of perspectives. In this respect, it is significant to remember and voice the untold stories of the Gallipoli Campaign by acknowledging Mehmetcik along with the Anzac soldiers, who died in Gallipoli and are still resting there. When Anzac and British troops deserted the Gallipoli Peninsula they left behind a lot of stories hidden in the trenches, the blue waters of Dardanelles and the rocky hills of Anzac Cove. If these personal stories are unearthed the grand narration will also benefit and be enriched with the contribution of the human voice. Without the human voice the military history of the campaign will be incomplete and many of the details lost.' (Publication abstract)


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    Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives... You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side now here in this country of ours... you, the mothers, who sent their sons from faraway countries wipe away your lean; your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well. –Atattirk, 1934.2

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    y separately published work icon English Studies : New Perspectives Mehmet Ali Celikel (editor), Baysar Taniyan (editor), Newcastle upon Tyne : Cambridge Scholars Press , 2015 10706718 2015 anthology criticism

    'This volume offers a selection of revised versions of the papers presented at the 7th International IDEA Conference held at Pamukkale University in Denizli, Turkey, organised by the Association of English Language and Literary Studies in Turkey. The contributions to this book offer a wide range of research from scholars on a variety of topics in English literature, including Shakespearean studies, Victorian, colonial, and postcolonial literature, poetry, and drama studies. The volume also includes a number of informative research articles on comparative and translation studies which will offer assistance to young scholars in their academic studies. In addition to acting as a guide to young academics, the book will also function as a fruitful reference book in a wide range of English literary studies.' (Publication summary)

    Newcastle upon Tyne : Cambridge Scholars Press , 2015
    pg. 23-35
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