The Fall of the Ottomans (Paperback)

The Great War in the Middle East

By Eugene Rogan

Basic Books, 9780465097425, 512pp.

Publication Date: October 4, 2016

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The thrilling and definitive history of World War I in the Middle East
An Economist Best Book of the Year
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.

About the Author

Eugene Rogan is a professor of modern Middle Eastern history at the University of Oxford and director of the Middle East Centre, St Antony's College, Oxford.