A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East
Published with a new afterword from the author—the classic, bestselling account of how the modern Middle East was created
The Middle East has long been a region of rival religions, ideologies, nationalisms, and ambitions. All of these conflicts—including the hostilities between Arabs and Israelis, and the violent challenges posed by Iraq’s competing sects—are rooted in
Where the book fails is...more
Taking Winston Churchill as the principle character, the framework upon which the book is built, Fromkin let's us see how momentous policies are made, often with complete ignorance of the true situation of the people inhabiting the lands that will be subject to the policy.
It also reveals how individuals can change the course of history. I don't refer...more
The only perplexing thing in the book was while his over all...more
و هذا كتاب لا تستطيع إلا تبدي إعجابك بالمجهود الذي بذله مؤلفه في تجميع مادته, من بين مئات المراجع من هنا و هناك...و قد اختصر لك رحلة غوص بين مئات الكتب و آلاف الوثائق سواء كانت إنجليزية أو فرنسية أو ألمانية أو عثمانيةأو روسية....إلخ
و إن كان لنا أن نخرج من دراسة التاريخ عموماً بدرسٍ واحد, فإن هذا الدرس هو أن من العبث أن نتخيل أن الأحداث الكبرى في التاريخ كانت في كل مرة تتمخض عن مؤامرة كبرى , دون أن نؤمن بدور آخر للصدفة و الغباء...more
Cheryl's Rating- 3 stars
This text is rich in information and after spending several months reading it, I can say that my grasp of the fall of the Ottoman Empire is much stronger. At times, I wish that Fromkin would have composed a more fluid storyline. He hops around from military events, diplomatic meetings, and national histories. If you are looking to vastly expand your understanding of the time period (1914-1922) this may be your book. If your looking for a great historical re...more
The previous 500 pages were all about the bumbling of Vi...more
By the beginning of the twentieth century, the Ottoman Empire was collapsing faster than a cheap deck chair beneath a fat man. One of the architects of the new order (circa 1908...more
What I liked about it:
Big picture view of Western European interests that were influential in creating what we call the Middle East out of the remains of the Ottoman Empire (Turkey/Middle East/Central Asia). Particularly British, as well as (to a lesser extent) France, Russia/USSR.
Britain's interests were conflicted – they started out wanting to protect the overland path to th...more