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Reluctantly To Ankara, 1924–38

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The dragomanate of the embassy at Constantinople had often been thought of as the flagship of the Levant Service but by the end of 1924 it seemed to have disappeared. In the middle of October 1923 it had been confirmed that Ankara was to be the new capital of the Turkish Republic. The Foreign Office had now laid it down firmly that the British Embassy in Turkey should employ Ankara as its 'headquarters' for the greater part of the year, so Loraine had to be consoled with the qualification that in summer it would be permitted to return to Istanbul. The settlement of the Mosul dispute had made it easier for Britain to pursue its interests in Turkey while supporting the Kemalist regime as a barrier against Bolshevism, which had always been Curzon's objective.

Keywords: Ankara; British embassy; Constantinople; Levant Service; Mosul; Turkey



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