The Last Days of the Ottoman Empire (Paperback)
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The Last Days of the Ottoman Empire (Paperback)

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Published: 25/01/2024
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Chronicling the birth of modern Turkey, Gingeras’ eye-opening volume charts the final years of the Ottoman empire, unravelling the complex story of how a nation state emerged in this ethnically and religiously entangled region.

The Ottoman Empire had been one of the major facts in European history since the Middle Ages. Stretching from the Adriatic to the Indian Ocean, the Empire was both a great political entity and a religious one, with the Sultan ruling over the Holy Sites and, as Caliph, the successor to Mohammed.

Yet the Empire's fateful decision to support Germany and Austria-Hungary in 1914 doomed it to disaster, breaking it up into a series of European colonies and what emerged as an independent Saudi Arabia.

Ryan Gingeras's superb new book explains how these epochal events came about and shows how much we still live in the shadow of decisions taken so long ago. Would all of the Empire fall to marauding Allied armies, or could something be saved? In such an ethnically and religiously entangled region, what would be the price paid to create a cohesive and independent new state? The story of the creation of modern Turkey is an extraordinary, bitter epic, brilliantly told here.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141992778
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 293 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 21 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

This epic account of Ottoman decline and the birth of modern Turkey is a tour de force of accessible scholarship. - Fara Dabhoiwala, The Guardian

Gingeras takes an even-handed approach to each issue, while never making light of the horrendous tally of human suffering that emerges on every side. Turks have long been treated to an over-simplified account of their modern history. This book teaches the beginning of wisdom, which is that most human history, as it actually happened, was a terrible, bewildering mess. - Noel Malcolm, The Telegraph

In his impressive centenary history, Ryan Gingeras recounts not just the death throes of the old realm but the painful emergence of Turkey as a nation state ... It is a complicated story that still reverberates under Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Gingeras narrates it with lucid authority. - Michael Prodger, New Statesman

Dispassionate and well-researched ... Gingeras sets out the twisting, turning story of decline through the later part of the 19th century. - Peter Frankopan, Financial Times

Fruitful reflections on the enduring cultural legacy of the Ottomans, how their empire ended and what was lost when it did ... brings a welcome human lens to the story of the empire's disintegration. - Vanessa H. Larson, Washington Post

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