The Fall of the Ottomans

The Fall of the Ottomans

The Great War in the Middle East

Book - 2015
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Publisher: New York, NY :, Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group,, [2015]
ISBN: 9780465023073
Branch Call Number: 949.6101 ROG 2015 23
Characteristics: xxvi, 485 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm


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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.

Nov 13, 2015

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

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.

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.

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!

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.

May 19, 2015

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


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