The Ottoman Endgame

The Ottoman Endgame

War, Revolution, and the Making of the Modern Middle East, 1908-1923

eBook - 2015
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The Ottoman Endgame: War, Revolution, and the Making of the Modern Middle East. McMeekin also brilliantly reconceives our inherited Anglo-French understanding of the war's outcome and the collapse of the empire that followed. The book chronicles the emergence of modern Turkey and the carve-up of the rest of the Ottoman Empire as it has never been told before, offering a new perspective on such issues as the ethno-religious bloodletting and forced population transfers which attended the breakup of empire, the Balfour Declaration, the toppling of the caliphate, and the partition of Iraq and Syria--bringing the contemporary consequences into clear focus. Every so often, a work of history completely reshapes our understanding of a subject of enormous historical and contemporary importance. The Ottoman Endgameis such a book, an instantly definitive and thrilling example of narrative history as high art.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Publishing Group, 2015
ISBN: 0718199723 electronic bk
9780718199722 electronic bk
0698410068 electronic bk
9780698410060 electronic bk
Branch Call Number: eBOOK 956.10154 MCM
Characteristics: text file,rda
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Between 1911 and 1922, a series of wars would engulf the Ottoman Empire and its successor states, in which the central conflict, of course, is World War I—a story we think we know well. As Sean McMeekin shows us in this revelatory new history of what he calls the “wars of the Ottoman succession,”... Read More »


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Apr 20, 2016

A good forensic account about how one of the last great empires collapsed - in part due to some spectacular military defeats after some brilliant wins, and in part due to the machinations of Britain, France and Russia who sought to share the spoils of the Arabian world when the Ottoman finally collapsed and modern day Turkey was born. Also gives some insights into a certain man who became known as Lawrence of Arabia. The book is written by an American who spent a great deal of his academic career in Turkey so is well placed to write the story. I enjoyed this book from front to back.

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