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The Last Ottoman Generation and the Making of the Modern Middle East
The modern Middle East emerged out of the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, when Britain and France partitioned the Ottoman Arab lands into several new colonial states. The following period was a charged and transformative time of unrest. Insurgent leaders, trained in Ottoman military tactics and with everything to lose from the fall of the Empire, challenged the mandatory p ...more
Hardcover, 280 pages
Published August 18th 2017 by Cambridge University Press
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Ever since the opening of Turkish archives in recent years, there have been a flood of incredible books with new information about late-Ottoman history. This book in particular stands out for its focus on the Arab Ottomans and their role during the Great War and in the post-Ottoman Middle East. In contrast to nationalist historiographies popular in modern Turkey and the Arab World, the truth is that there were huge numbers important Arab Ottoman officers who fought on behalf of the empire until ...more
“Influential scholars since the mid-twentieth century have argued that the essential character of Ottoman modernity was reactive, imitative, defensive, and ultimately defective relative to the presumably more successful modernization projects of Germany, Britain, France, the Soviet Union, and America, where while exemplifying and eventually monopolizing claims to modernity, also brought two world wars, the Holocaust, the nuclear immolation of Japanese cities, and the Cold War, among other worldwide cataclysms.”More quotes…