War without Frontiers: The Archaeology of the Arab Revolt, 1916–18


in The Frontiers of the Ottoman World

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Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780197264423
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734793 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

War without Frontiers: The Archaeology of the Arab Revolt, 1916–18

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The Arab Revolt of 1916–18 played a significant part in the military collapse of the Ottoman Empire at the end of the First World War. This chapter argues that archaeological evidence indicates that the revolt's importance was probably substantially greater than has sometimes been acknowledged. The evidence demonstrates the need for a critical re-evaluation of the issue in southern Jordan. The archaeological investigation of sites associated with the Arab Revolt in southern Jordan offers dramatic insights into the material consequences for the Ottoman army of combating the guerrilla tactics of British-backed Arab guerrillas. The aim of the discussion is twofold: to give more precision to the military assessment of the Arab Revolt in the area between Ma'an and Wadi Rutm, and to demonstrate the potential of the new and multidisciplinary sub-discipline of twentieth-century ‘conflict archaeology’.

Keywords: Arab Revolt; Ottoman Empire; First World War; southern Jordan; Wadi Rutm; conflict archaeology; guerrilla tactics

Chapter.  8620 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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