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  • The Fall of the Ottomans

  • The Great War in the Middle East
  • By: Eugene Rogan
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 17 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (1,505 ratings)

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By: Eugene Rogan
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Publisher's summary

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.

Bolstered by German money, arms, and military advisors, the Ottomans took on the Russian, British, and French forces and tried to provoke jihad against the Allies in their Muslim colonies. 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 before the tide of battle turned in the Allies' favor. The great cities of Baghdad, Jerusalem, and finally Damascus fell to invading armies before the Ottomans agreed to an armistice in 1918. The postwar settlement led to the partition of Ottoman lands between the victorious powers and laid 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 listening for anyone seeking to understand the Great War and the making of the modern Middle East.

©2015 Eugene Rogan (P)2015 Tantor

Critic reviews

"An illuminating work that offers new understanding to the troubled history of this key geopolitical region." ( Kirkus)

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