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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 512 Seiten
  • Verlag: Basic Books (10. März 2015)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 046502307X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465023073
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,6 x 4 x 23,5 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 2.808 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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The Telegraph Best Books of 2015 So Far

New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice
“Rogan offers an intricately worked but very readable account of a theocracy’s demise.”

“[An] assured account.... The book stands alongside the best histories. Mr. Rogan ably weaves the thinking and doings of the politicians and generals with their impact on the soldiers and civilian populations. He sketches many revealing vignettes.”

New Yorker
“This engrossing history unfolds in the Middle Eastern theatre of the First World War, capturing the complex array of battles, brutalities, and alliances that brought down the six-hundred-year-old Ottoman Empire.... Rogan argues that the empire’s ultimate demise was the result not of losing the war but of a clumsily negotiated peace. His balanced narrative unearths many seeds of current conflicts.”

Mark Mazower, Financial Times
“[A] remarkably readable, judicious and well-researched account of the Ottoman war in Anatolia and the Arab provinces. The Fall of the Ottomans is especially good on showing the fighting across multiple fronts and from both sides of the lines, and it draws effectively upon the papers, memoirs and diaries of soldiers and civilians.”

New York Times Book Review
“[An] intricately worked but very readable account of the Ottoman theocracy’s demise.... Gripping sections describe the British-led advance on Jerusalem in late 1917, leading to the holy city’s capture in time for Christmas. This is an extraordinary tale and Rogan recounts it well, making clear both the stiffness of the Turkish defense and the ingenuity of Britain’s tactics.”

Max Hastings, Sunday Times (UK)
“Rogan has written an impressively sound and fair-minded account of the fall of the Ottoman Empire.”

Spectator (UK)
“[A] masterly history of the Ottoman empire in its final years.... Eugene Rogan has written a meticulously researched, panoramic and engrossing history. The book is essential reading for understanding the evolution of the modern Middle East and the root causes of nearly all the conflicts that now plague the area. The Fall of the Ottomans is an altogether splendid work of historical writing.”

New York Review of Books
“Admirable and thoroughly researched.... A comprehensive history of World War I in the Middle East.”

The Times (UK)
“[A] comprehensive, lucid and revealing history.... This book will surely become the definitive history of the war.”

Guardian (UK)
“Compared to the western front, the Middle East was a sideshow for all but those who called it home. Rogan has rightly put these Turks, Armenians and Arabs at the centre of his account.”

Daily Beast
The Fall of the Ottomans is a remarkably lucid and accessible work of history.... [Rogan] seems equally at home explaining the parameters of Ottoman grand strategy and the tensions of the British-Arab Alliance as he is at conjuring up the unique challenges of maneuver warfare in the Sinai and Palestine, or the brutal stalemate in the Gallipoli trenches. Telling quotations from diplomats, field commanders, and ordinary soldiers of all the combatants lend the narrative a powerful sense of immediacy.”

Sunday Telegraph (UK)
“[A] timely and capacious history which leaves the over-trodden Flanders mud and football truces in favor of the various campaigns – at best imperfectly understood, at worst woefully unfamiliar – which the Allies waged in the Middle East. It’s in the former Ottoman lands, traumatised by war, sectarianism and repression, that the legacies of the Great War continue to be grievously felt.... Here’s a book whose instructive geopolitical relevance should be immediately apparent.... [A] compelling and brilliant book.”

Washington Independent Review of Books
“[A] fresh and meticulous portrait of the Ottoman Empire: modern and modernizing, then declining, and eventually kaput.”

Middle East Policy
“[A] brilliant book that combines the academic rigor one expects from a serious work of history and a fluid writing style that makes it an enjoyable read.... The Fall of the Ottomans offers a comprehensive history of one of the most tumultuous and least understood fronts of the Great War.... Rogan’s narrative is both precise and unhurried, while at the same time capturing the urgency and drama of events on the ground.”

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“Mr. Rogan’s presentation of a crucial part of that history, Turkeys’ role in the First World War, is a painless, colorful and pleasurable means of getting a decent hold on it.... This book sets out history that is definitely worth mastering to help understand the present.”

Open Letters Monthly
“Fiercely readable.... In a series of fast-moving and very skillfully-written chapters, Rogan describes in great detail the politics and personalities of the Ottoman side of WWI.”

Independent (UK)
“Personal stories drawn from diaries and memoirs enliven Eugene Rogan’s satisfyingly straightforward narrative.”

“Readers of his previous work, The Arabs, will know how comfortably [Eugene Rogan] handles multiple themes, ambitious narratives and a crowd of characters.... Even the familiar has resonance, such as General Maude’s insistence to the battered people of Baghdad that his soldiers were ‘liberators’.... That resonance adds relevance to this thorough and absorbing book, because it reminds us that the postwar Middle East settlements were as flawed as the conditions imposed on Germany, and that in turn explains why the land they fought over then is still being contested today.”

Washington Times
“[Rogan’s] account is geopolitical and military writing at its best – taut, anecdotal and extraordinarily researched. A tangled story, to be sure, one that both commands and rewards the reader’s attention.”

The National (Dubai)
“[A] landmark study.... This is a formidable narrative history, written with great verve and empathy. Through its meticulous scholarship and its deft weaving together of the social, economic, diplomatic and military history of this neglected front, The Fall of the Ottomans provides an engrossing picture of a deadly conflict that proved catastrophic for the peoples of the region.”

Prospect Magazine (UK)
“This is narrative history at its very best: disciplined, well-paced, judicious and spiked with detail, character and incident.”

Shelf Awareness for Readers
“Rogan handles the tricky subjects of jihad, secularism, Arab nationalism and Turkish paranoia about a possible Armenian fifth column with historical precision and a keen awareness of their implications for the modern world.”

Library Journal
“[A] well-researched and well-written book.... A much-needed addition to World War I scholarship that is recommended for anyone interested in that conflict and the history of the Middle East or Turkey.”

Publishers Weekly
“[A] sweeping and nuanced work.... Rogan’s multifaceted analysis touches on everything from the use of Islamist discourse in political movements to the treatment of minorities in the modern Middle East.”

“[A] well-researched, evenhanded treatment of the Ottomans’ role in World War I.... An illuminating work that offers new understanding to the troubled history of this key geopolitical region.”

Avi Shlaim, author of The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World
“This is a gripping, masterful account of World War One in the Middle East from the vantage point of the Ottoman Empire. It uses the full panoply of primary sources in Turkish, Arabic, and European languages to brilliantly illuminating effect. Combining magisterial scholarship with a keen sense of drama and lively narrative style, it tells a grim story but a fascinating one. There is a great deal of new material here which not only brings events alive but also leads to fresh assessments of all the participants in the Great War but especially Arabs and Turks. If you want to understand the underlying causes of conflict and violence in the Middle East in the last century, you will not find a better book.”

Rashid Khalidi, author of Resurrecting Empire: Western Footprints and America's Perilous Path in the Middle East
“This book opens up a window on vital chapters in the shaping of the Middle East as well as the history of the Great War, bringing together vivid personal details with a broad historical panorama of human suffering and heroism, the incompetence and folly of the general staffs, and the scheming of the great powers.”

Margaret MacMillan, author of The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914
“Thoroughly researched and elegantly written by one of the leading experts on the region, The Fall of the Ottomans reminds us that the 1914-18 conflict was truly a world war with huge and continuing consequences. No one is better equipped than Eugene Rogan to handle the course and impact of the war in the Middle East and he does a superb job, telling a complex and multifaceted story with great clarity, understanding, and compassion. This timely and important work restores the Middle East to its rightful place in the history of the Great War.”

Mustafa Aksakal, Chair of Modern Turkish Studies and Associate Professor of History at Georgetown University
“Eugene Rogan has given us an absorbing history of the war’s principal military and political battles in the Middle East through the eyes of those who fought them. Weaving together accounts of the horrors of life in the trenches with those on the home front, he exposes the deadly dynamic emerging between the two, from the disastrous Ottoman attempt to invade Russia to the calamity of the Armenian deportations, from the British invasion to the Arab revolt and the Ottoman Empire’s final defeat and partition.”

Alexander Watson, author of Ring of Steel: Germany and Austria-Hungary in World War I
“A fantastic, readable, and much needed study of the most chronically neglected of all of the Great War's participants: the Ottoman Empire. Informative and enlightening.”

Ali Allawi, author of The Occupation of Iraq: Winning the War, Losing the Peace
“Eugene Rogan has written a meticulously researched, panoramic, and engrossing history of the final years of the Ottoman Empire. This book is essential reading for understanding the evolution of the modern Middle East and the root causes of nearly all the conflicts that now plague the area. An altogether splendid work of historical writing.”

Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of Jerusalem: The Biography
“Thrilling, superb, and colorful, Eugene Rogan’s Fall of the Ottomans is brilliant storytelling. Filled with flamboyant characters, impeccable scholarship that illuminates the neglected Near Eastern theater of WWI—showing how the Ottomans managed to perform unexpectedly well against the Allies—and revelatory analysis that explains the modern Mideast, The Fall of the Ottomans is truly essential but also truly exciting reading.”

Roger Owen, Professor Emeritus of Middle East History, Harvard University
“A vivid account of the fighting that led to the fall of one of the world’s great empires.”

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Eugene Rogan is a Fellow of St. Antony’s College and lectures in the Modern History of the Middle East at the University of Oxford. The author of The Arabs, Rogan lives in Oxford, England.

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0 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Cunningham James am 7. April 2015
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Ausführlische politische und ethnische Analyse der Grundlage für die heutige Streiten und Spannungen im Nahosten. Spannend, objektiv und sehr zu empfehllen.
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Great on Politics, good on military 2. März 2015
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This is a very well written and good book on the topic. However, it is primarily a political study of the fall of the Ottoman Empire in World War I. It is not so much a military study.
The author, who teaches at Oxford, has looked at the Ottoman Empire and how it handled World War One. He works in Turkish and Arabic. There are many individual vignettes from individuals at ALL levels of society, from political policy carried on at the highest levels, to the various campaigns and the fighting that resulted. It is well-illustrated volume but includes only a handful of strategic maps of the Empire’s battlefields.
The political history is excellent. The author has a firm grasp of the Young Turk movement, the JIHAD aspect of the Turkish war effort and the impact of the Arab on the Turk (and vice-versa). His discussion of the Armenian genocide is balanced and accurate and unlike many studies, does NOT ignore the brutal killing of thousands of Assyrians. An entire chapter is devoted to this and will inhibit sales in Turkey!
But it is not so much a military study. The German battlecruiser GOEBEN & British battlecruiser INFLEXIBLE become battleships. The small old French battleship REQUIN becomes a cruiser, HMS AMETHYST becomes French (p137) and Ottoman losses are often based on old Allied accounts. German Admiral Souchon is mentioned once in the book, ignoring his large impact in the Black Sea. Edward Erickson’s I ORDER YOU TO DIE is in the bibliography but seemingly not consulted in some of the areas covered in the book. The Turkish Official military studies appear to be completely missing as well.
The author does NOT note that after the Allied naval assault at the Dardanelles, in which they suffered major losses, the Turks were virtually out of artillery ammunition. One of the major postwar hindsight laments was that a second naval assault was not quickly made. The Allied losses could easily be made up while the resupply of vital ammunition was difficult in the extreme.
This is a very good book, worth the read, much from the Turkish and Arab point of view. Definitive – no. Would a definitive study be longer – yes (and hence probably not published . . . )
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Required reading to understand the background of today's Middle East 30. März 2015
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The Great War meant the ruin of the Hapsburgs, the Kaiser, and the Czar. But it also meant the final collapse of the Ottoman empire. None of these events seem to matter today until we look for a historical basis for current events- particularly in the Middle East. Required reading for anyone looking for historical context for Syria, jihad, Yemen, Arabia, and Turkey
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Ottoman Empire and Armenian Genocide 5. April 2015
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This is a remarkable account of the Fall of the Ottoman empire that treats the Armenian genocide fairly and accurately. It goes beyond "us against them" analysis by explaining the full historical context, and the complex dynamics both between and within nations that characterize the region to this day. It is fascinating reading for anybody interested in the consequences of collapsing empires, and contemporary regional issues.

I strongly recommend reading "Persona Non Grata: End of the Great Game" by Avery Mann in conjunction with this book. It addresses the same themes from a less academic perspective.
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Outstanding History of an Untold Dimension 6. April 2015
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I've read a large number of preWWI and WWI history books in my time but this is the first time the war has been diligently covered from the perspective of the Ottoman empire. It's a fascinating account of the dilemma the Turks faced on the eve of World War One, and the treatment of all sides - including the hapless civilians who were caught up in the hysteria and madness of the time - is even-handed and highly informative.

For anyone wanting to understand Turkey's history and how it has shaped today's country under Erdogan this is a must-read. Likewise for those who want to understand the Armenian genocide.
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Maps illegible in Kindle edition 14. März 2015
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Readers should be aware that the maps at the beginning of the book are illegible on an iPad. They appear as tiny pictures that are less than 1/2 inch across. There seems to be no way to enlarge them. If you tap on them, you are just returned to the list of maps. For a reader not familiar with the geography, this is a significant drawback. Kindle versions should not be offered unless they provide the full experience of the original hard copy.
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