The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East
The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East  -     By: Eugene Rogan
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The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East

Basic Books / 2016 / Paperback

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 512
Vendor: Basic Books
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 9.25 X 6.13 X 1.56 (inches)
ISBN: 0465097421
ISBN-13: 9780465097425

Publisher's Description

"To have written a page-turner as well as an accurate and comprehensive history of the Ottoman struggle for survival is a remarkable achievement." --Wall Street Journal

By 1914 the powers of Europe were sliding inexorably toward war, and they pulled the Middle East along with them into one of the most destructive conflicts in human history. 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. 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 postwar settlement led to the partition of Ottoman lands, laying 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.

Author Bio

Eugene Rogan is a professor of modern Middle Eastern history at the University of Oxford and director of the Middle East Centre, St Antony's College, Oxford.

Editorial Reviews

Economist Best Books of the Year
Wall Street Journal Best Books for History Buffs

"A remarkably readable, judicious and well-researched account of the Ottoman war in Anatolia and the Arab provinces."—Mark Mazower, Financial Times
"Rogan has written an impressively sound and fair-minded account of the fall of the Ottoman Empire."—
Max Hastings, Sunday Times (UK)

"[An] assured account.... The book stands alongside the best histories."—Economist
"The book is not only exact and readable but also has the elements of a thriller and thus is all the more remarkable in view of its thoroughness in covering a linguistically and historically difficult subject."—Wall Street Journal
"Rogan offers an intricately worked but very readable account of a theocracy's demise."—New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice
"This engrossing history unfolds in the Middle Eastern theatre of the First World War, capturing the complex array of battles, brutalities, and alliances that brought down the six-hundred-year-old Ottoman Empire.... Rogan argues that the empire's ultimate demise was the result not of losing the war but of a clumsily negotiated peace. His balanced narrative unearths many seeds of current conflicts."—
New Yorker

"Admirable and thoroughly researched.... A comprehensive history of World War I in the Middle East."—New York Review of Books

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