Greenmantle at the Ministry of Information: John Buchan, the First World War and the Turks

  • David S. Katz


The Thirty-Nine Steps (1915) was the first of five novels starring the daring Richard Hannay, who featured the following year (1916) in Greenmantle, a tale about Germans fomenting a Muslim rebellion in the East. This time, however, Buchan’s book was more than a shilling shocker, for he was already a key player in Britain’s propaganda war. Greenmantle was hugely successful and ultimately painted a rather favourable view of Turkey and its people. It was based in part on Buchan’s visit to Istanbul only five years earlier and, along with his popular historical writing, helped detach Turkey in British public opinion from its alliance with the German enemy in the First World War.


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  • David S. Katz
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  1. 1.Department of HistoryTel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael

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