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The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East

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The thrilling and definitive history of World War I in the Middle East

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.

ISBN-13: 9780465097425

Media Type: Paperback(First Trade Paper Edition)

Publisher: Basic Books

Publication Date: 10-04-2016

Pages: 512

Product Dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.50(d)

Eugene Rogan is professor of modern Middle Eastern history at the University of Oxford and the director of the Middle East Centre at St. Antony's College, Oxford. The author of numerous books, including the international bestseller The Fall of the Ottomans, Rogan is the recipient of the Albert Hourani Prize. He lives in Oxford, England.

Table of Contents

1. A Revolution and Three Wars, 1908–1913
2. The Peace Before the Great War
3. A Global Call to Arms
4. Opening Salvos: Basra, Aden, Egypt, and the Eastern Mediterranean
5. L aunching Jihad: Ottoman Campaigns in the Caucasus and the Sinai
6. The Assault on the Dardanelles
7. The Annihilation of the Armenians
8. The Ottoman Triumph at Gallipoli
9. The Invasion of Mesopotamia
10. The Siege of Kut
11. The Arab Revolt
12. L osing Ground: The Fall of Baghdad, the Sinai, and Jerusalem
13. From Armistice to Armistice
Conclusion: The Fall of the Ottomans