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Tuesday, December 6 • 9:00am - 9:20am
The Game Of United States Diplomacy Within The Ottoman Empire: How United States’ Interests In The Ottoman Empire Delayed Its Entrance Into The Great War.

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At the outbreak of World War I, the Ottoman Empire expanded its diplomatic ties with many world powers, in hopes of remaining the gateway to the Middle East. The empire remained a target for land acquisition by Britain, France, and Russia through their expansion of imperialist interests. The United States at this time was a budding superpower that established a diplomatic tie with the Ottomans through Henry Morgenthau, the United States diplomat to Constantinople. The United States attempted to use its neutrality and diplomacy to keep the Ottoman Empire out of the Great War, prolonging the eventual Ottoman entry into World War I. The United States created a unique bond with the Ottoman Empire due to its lack of interest in Ottoman lands, but with more of an interest in building an economic, social, and political relationship. Scholars have overlooked the history of the United States’ interests within the Ottoman Empire during the few months leading up to the Great War. This lack of scholarship suggests that scholars do not view the United States’ interests as a story that should be told. However, it is this history that is important because it represents the beginning stages of the United States becoming a global superpower. Using the primary sources from the United States’ National Archives, I hope to discuss the untold history of American interests within the Ottoman Empire.


Tuesday December 6, 2016 9:00am - 9:20am
014 Whiteside Hall