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Shadow of the Sultan's Realm: The Destruction of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East

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The history of the Ottoman Empire spanned more than seven centuries. At the height of its power, it stretched over three continents and produced marvels of architecture, literature, science, and warfare. When it fell, its collapse redrew the map of the world and changed the course of history. Shadow of the Sultan’s Realm is the story of the empire’s dissolution during a tu ...more
Hardcover, 302 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Potomac Books (first published December 31st 2010)
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Jay
Jul 28, 2014 Jay rated it really liked it
In its 600 year history, the Ottoman Turkish Empire defeated some of the foremost powers of its day, and ruled a vast territory and bewildering array of peoples, from Algerians to Armenians and from Hungarians to Sudanese. By the eve of World War I, though, the tired and corrupt sultanate was snidely called "the sick man of Europe" by diplomats from newer empires--Britain, France, Germany, and Russia--who were waiting gleefully to carve up the corpse of the empire when it finally collapsed.

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Lawrence Roberts
This book describes the fall of the Ottoman Empire, which once covered modern Turkey, but also extended throughout much of the modern Middle East. The fall was accelerated by World War I, and ultimately led to the rise of the Republic of Turkey under the masterful Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

I picked up the book because of my long-term interest in Lawrence of Arabia and the Arab revolt against the Ottoman Turks. It held my interest through the triumphs of Osman I and Suleimon the Magnificent, the Youn
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B.J. Richardson
Jul 22, 2016 B.J. Richardson rated it it was ok
There was no Armenian genocide, it was a bit of wartime tragedy in which both sides were culpable. The Turks weren't fighting a few inconsequential battles against the auxiliaries of the Great powers, they were simultaneously holding to a standstill the combined might of three imperialist powers (with practically no assistance from Germany). The Kurds didn't exist. The Arabs fighting with the British were ungrateful rebels. Mustafa Kemal was a gentleman and a statesman who also happened to be th ...more
Oleksandr Zholud
Jun 05, 2016 Oleksandr Zholud rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very nice overview of the last years of the Ottoman empire, roughly from 1908 – revolution and coming of three pashas to 1923, the treaty of Lausanne. To some extent it is parallel to The Ottoman Endgame by Sean McMeekin, but it is a bit less military bent. Alas, it lacks the long XIXth century, which I guess is paramount in understanding the failed modernization and coming to the Great War. More than half of the book is a traditional re-telling of Gallipoli, Kut siege, Armenian massacres and ...more
Tiemu
Sep 30, 2013 Tiemu rated it it was ok
The title of this book is something of a misnomer, as little attention is paid to the Sultan or exactly 'his' realm. Rather it is very much focused on the malefic (as Butler portrays them) triumvirate of the ungainly, ill-favoured and awkward in bearing Young Turk government of 1908-1918 under Ismail Enver, Mehmed Talaat and Ahmed Djemal. All three would all be tried as war criminals in absentia, the first dying within years in a futile Turkmen revolt against the Soviet Union, the latter assassi ...more
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Daniel Allen Butler is a maritime and military historian, the author (through September 2011) of nine books. Some of his previous works include Unsinkable: the Full Story of RMS Titanic (1998); Distant Victory: The Battle of Jutland and the Allied Triumph in the First World War (2006); The Age of Cunard (2003); The Other Side of the Night: The Carpathia, theCalifornian, and the Night the Titanic w ...more
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