The Ottoman Endgame: War, Revolution, and the Making of the Modern Middle East, 1908-1923

The Ottoman Endgame: War, Revolution, and the Making of the Modern Middle East, 1908-1923

Sean McMeekin


An unbelievable retelling of twentieth-century background from the Ottoman point of view, offering profound new insights into global warfare I and the modern heart East

Between 1911 and 1922, a chain of wars might engulf the Ottoman Empire and its successor states, within which the principal clash, after all, is international struggle I—a tale we predict we all know good. As Sean McMeekin exhibits us during this revelatory new historical past of what he calls the “wars of the Ottoman succession,” we all know a ways under we predict. The Ottoman Endgame brings to mild the full strategic narrative that ended in an risky new order in postwar heart East—much of that's nonetheless felt today.

The Ottoman Endgame: struggle, Revolution, and the Making of the trendy center East draws from McMeekin’s years of groundbreaking learn in newly opened Ottoman and Russian documents. With nice storytelling aptitude, McMeekin makes new the epic tales we all know from the Ottoman entrance, from Gallipoli to the exploits of Lawrence in Arabia, and introduces an unlimited variety of latest tales to Western readers. His money owed of the lead-up to global struggle I and the Ottoman Empire’s significant position within the struggle itself bargains a completely new and deeper imaginative and prescient of the clash. Harnessing not just Ottoman and Russian but in addition British, German, French, American, and Austro-Hungarian resources, the result's a really pioneering paintings of scholarship that offers complete justice to a multitiered warfare concerning many belligerents. 

McMeekin additionally brilliantly reconceives our inherited Anglo-French knowing of the war’s final result and the cave in of the empire that undefined. The e-book chronicles the emergence of recent Turkey and the carve-up of the remainder of the Ottoman Empire because it hasn't ever been instructed prior to, providing a brand new standpoint on such matters because the ethno-religious bloodletting and compelled inhabitants transfers which attended the breakup of empire, the Balfour statement, the toppling of the caliphate, and the partition of Iraq and Syria—bringing the modern outcomes into transparent focus.

Every so frequently, a piece of background thoroughly reshapes our figuring out of a subject matter of large historic and modern importance. The Ottoman Endgame is this type of booklet, an immediately definitive and exciting instance of narrative heritage as excessive artwork.

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