The Fall of the Ottomans

The Fall of the Ottomans

The Great War in the Middle East

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Baker & Taylor
In 1914 the Ottoman Empire was depleted of men and resources after years of war against Balkan nationalist and Italian forces. But as the powers of Europe slid inexorably toward war, the Middle East could not escape the vast and enduring consequences of one of the most destructive conflicts in human history. The Great War spelled the end of the Ottomans, unleashing powerful forces that would forever change the face of the Middle East. Here, award-winning historian Eugene Rogan brings the First World War and its immediate aftermath in the Middle East to vivid life, uncovering the often ignored story of the region's crucial role in the conflict. Bolstered by German money, arms, and military advisors, the Ottomans took on the Russian, British, and French forces, and tried to provoke Jihad against the Allies in their Muslim colonies. Unlike the static killing fields of the Western Front, the war in the Middle East was fast-moving and unpredictable, with the Turks inflicting decisive defeats on the Entente inGallipoli, Mesopotamia, and Gaza before the tide of battle turned in the Allies' favor. The postwar settlement led to the partition of Ottoman lands between the victorious powers, and laid the groundwork for the ongoing conflicts that continue to plague the modern Arab world. This book is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the making of the modern Middle East.--From publisher description.

Perseus Publishing
In 1914 the Ottoman Empire was depleted of men and resources after years of war against Balkan nationalist and Italian forces. But in the aftermath of the assassination in Sarajevo, the powers of Europe were sliding inexorably toward war, and not even the Middle East could escape the vast and enduring consequences of one of the most destructive conflicts in human history. The Great War spelled the end of the Ottomans, unleashing powerful forces that would forever change the face of the Middle East.

In The Fall of the Ottomans, award-winning historian Eugene Rogan brings the First World War and its immediate aftermath in the Middle East to vivid life, uncovering the often ignored story of the region's crucial role in the conflict. Bolstered by German money, arms, and military advisors, the Ottomans took on the Russian, British, and French forces, and tried to provoke Jihad against the Allies in their Muslim colonies. Unlike the static killing fields of the Western Front, the war in the Middle East was fast-moving and unpredictable, with the Turks inflicting decisive defeats on the Entente in Gallipoli, Mesopotamia, and Gaza before the tide of battle turned in the Allies' favor. The great cities of Baghdad, Jerusalem, and, finally, Damascus fell to invading armies before the Ottomans agreed to an armistice in 1918.

The postwar settlement led to the partition of Ottoman lands between the victorious powers, and laid the groundwork for the ongoing conflicts that continue to plague the modern Arab world. A sweeping narrative of battles and political intrigue from Gallipoli to Arabia, The Fall of the Ottomans is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the Great War and the making of the modern Middle East.



Baker
& Taylor

The award-winning author of The Arabs evaluates the impact of World War I on the Middle East while explaining the region's less-understood but essential contributions to the war and the establishment of present-day conflicts. 20,000 first printing.
Evaluates the impact of World War I on the Ottoman Empire and the Middle East as a whole, explaining the region's less-understood but essential contributions to the war and the establishment of present-day conflicts.

Publisher: New York, NY : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, [2015]
ISBN: 9780465023073
046502307X
Branch Call Number: 949.61 R63f
Characteristics: xxvi, 485 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm

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easter84ba
Dec 11, 2016

A great account of the fall of the Ottoman that includes snippets of some of those involved from generals to common soldiers. I didn't realized the onset and the bickerings of the October Revolution in Russia could have changed the eastern boundaries of present day Turkey. The Russians simply abandoned those areas they've captured and that was an area a third of its present size! My only disappointment with this book is the maps provided. It would have been excellent if a more detailed illustration of those places covered were included rather than those very general and absolutely useless one attached. I have to refer to my own historical atlas for reference. I'm not sure whether the author knows the significance of maps when discussing the development of a war account and the changing boundaries on account of the plans these decision makers were planning and the actual results! He needs to revise this if only to add those much needed additional illustrations.

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INVS
Nov 13, 2015

Try Adam Hochschild To End All Wars for a truly detailed read - also audio.

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fpm
Oct 24, 2015

An exciting, well-told (if often horrific) tale. I only wish the author had expanded a bit more on how the greed of the victors (principly Britain and France) did so much to create the mess in the Middle East that plagues us to this day.

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GummiGirl
Sep 18, 2015

Includes some fascinating first-person accounts, from a variety of ordinary people as well as notables. A fine political as well as military history.

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epfitz
Jul 18, 2015

This book is incredibly well researched and sheds light on an entire theatre of WWI that is vastly minimized in contemporary writing about the First World War. Eugene Rogan is impressive in his attention to detail weaving in excerpts from letters of combatants (evenly balanced between soldiers of the Central and Allied Powers as well as innumerable government documents. This is a terrific account of an underreported and historically minimized aspect of the Great War. A chapter on the treatment of the Armenians as well as the motivations, strategies, and failures of the Gallipoli campaign are particularly insightful. I give this double thumbs up for the WWI history AND the synthesis of those events and the consequences for the 20th & 21st centuries!

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lukasevansherman
Jun 17, 2015

“The First World War was itself tremendously influential in the making of the modern Middle East. . .with the fall of the Ottoman Empire, European imperialism replaced Turkish rule."
I remember my European History teacher referring to the Ottoman Empire, which controlled modern day Turkey, parts of the Middle East and Northern Africa, and territories in Europe, as the "sick man of Europe" for its precarious hold on its land and its power. English historian Eugene Rogan's sweeping and absorbing new book brings this reality to light, as well as illuminating the roots of current conflicts in the Middle East. If you know anything about the Ottomans in World War I, it's probably Lawrence of Arabia, the battle at Gallipoli, which was made into a film, and the Armenia genocide, which is often considered the first genocide of the 20th century and is still controversial in Turkey. While you can easily get overwhelmed by dates, people, and battles, Rogan admirably ties the history into larger themes, such as empire and imperialism and shows how arbitrary borders and alliances, mostly imposed by the Western powers, have had enormous consequences for the Middle East and those who are involved there. For anyone interested in the region, I'd strongly recommend this book.

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roystreet
May 19, 2015

History as it should be written: swift, colorful, authoritative.

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SEBoiko
Jan 08, 2016

Much of the Allied war effort in the Middle East was driven by what proved to be an unwarranted fear of jihad.

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SEBoiko
Jan 08, 2016

As ever, Arab tribesmen made fickle soldiers.

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SEBoiko
Jan 08, 2016

The Bulgar, the Serbs, the Greek- our subjects of five centuries, whom we have despised, have defeated us,...

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