The Syrian-Ottoman Home Front in Buenos Aires and Rosario during the First World War

Hyland Steven
  • Journal of Migration History, March 2018, Brill
  • DOI: 10.1163/23519924-00401009

Syrian-Ottoman Home Front in Argentina during the First World War

What is it about?

The article examines how Ottoman entrance into the First World War affected its émigré colonies in Argentina, exploring humanitarian aid campaigns and how civic activism in Argentina regarding the war in Europe created a space for the surge in nationalist sentiments, , often anti-Ottoman, among the Sultan's subjects.

Why is it important?

The article is important because it asserts that the home fronts of belligerent nations extended far beyond national boundaries and that Latin American nations, in this case Argentina, were involved in the war despite there being an official policy of neutrality.


Steven Hyland (Author)
Wingate University

There has been some outstanding scholarship published during the commemoration of the First World War's centenary, in particular on the emigre communities of the belligerent nations. Not as much exists on the Ottoman emigre experience, and this article is a contribution to its understanding.

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