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British intelligence and the Dardanelles: the 1906 Taba affair revisited

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1020-1037
Number of pages18
JournalIntelligence and National Security
Issue number7
Accepted/In press2022
Published19 Apr 2022

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Funding Information: I would like to thank Dr David Morgan-Owen, Professor William Philpott, and Professor Matthew S. Seligmann for their valuable comments and suggestions to the earlier versions of this article. Publisher Copyright: © 2022 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.


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This article revisits British assessments on the Dardanelles during and after the Taba crisis in 1906. It is known that the assessments produced throughout 1906 were pessimistic. What is missing from the current historiography is the intelligence dimension. This paper fills this gap by arguing that the assessments were pessimistic because military and political assessors knew that the Dardanelles defences were strong. They knew this fact because British intelligence departments had compiled detailed and accurate information demonstrating that the Dardanelles defence system had been modernised and strengthened by the Ottomans over the preceding three decades.

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