Centrocaspian Dictatorship

Central-Caspian Dictatorship
Centro-Caspian Dictatorship
Диктатура Центрокаспия
Unrecognized state


Capital Baku
Government Dictatorship
Historical era World War I
   Established July 26, 1918
  Battle of Baku Aug 26 Sep 14, 1918
   Fall of Baku September 15, 1918
  Armistice of Mudros October 30, 1918
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Russian SFSR
Azerbaijan Democratic Republic

The Central-Caspian Dictatorship (Russian: Диктатура Центрокаспия, Diktatura Tsentrokaspiya), or the Centro-Caspian Dictatorship, was a short-lived anti-Soviet administration proclaimed in the city of Baku during World War I. Created from an alliance of Russian Socialist-Revolutionaries, Mensheviks and the Dashnaks, it replaced the Bolshevik Baku Commune in a bloodless coup d'état on July 26, 1918,[1] and fell on September 15, 1918, when Ottoman-Azerbaijani forces captured Baku.[2]


The Central-Caspian Dictatorship asked for British help in order to stop the advancing Ottoman Army of Islam that was marching towards Baku. A small British force under General Lionel Dunsterville was sent to Baku and helped the mainly Dashnak-Armenian forces to defend the capital during the Battle of Baku. However, Baku fell on September 15, 1918 and an Azerbaijani-Ottoman army entered the capital, causing British forces to evacuate and much of the Armenian population to flee. After the Ottoman Empire signed the Armistice of Mudros on October 30, 1918, a British occupational force re-entered Baku.


  1. Dunsterville, Lionel Charles (1920). The adventures of Dunsterforce. E. Arnold. p. 207.
  2. Companjen, Françoise; Maracz, Laszlo; Versteegh, Lia (2011). Exploring the Caucasus in the 21st Century: Essays on Culture, History and Politics in a Dynamic Context. Amsterdam University Press. p. 119. ISBN 978-90-8964-183-0.

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