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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wow! That's been a while since I read something like that
It's been quite a while since I read a book straight-through, from start to finish, w/o putting it down. Took about three days. Wow. What was the last one like that? "Three Musketeers" perhaps <g>.
I can't evaluate it from the historical science point of view--I'm not smart enough. Perhaps the reviewer below ("colonialism...") is right...
Veröffentlicht am 26. Juli 2000 von John Doe

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Sinister colonialism
I read the other reviews pertaining to this book and I was a little surprised at how well this book was received. Overall I felt that the historical sequencing of the events was lacking and the sequencing of the chapters in the book confusing. I would think that it would be very difficult to make sense of the book without having prior knowledge of middle east...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wow! That's been a while since I read something like that, 26. Juli 2000
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East: Creating the Modern Middle East, 1914-1922 (Taschenbuch)
It's been quite a while since I read a book straight-through, from start to finish, w/o putting it down. Took about three days. Wow. What was the last one like that? "Three Musketeers" perhaps <g>.
I can't evaluate it from the historical science point of view--I'm not smart enough. Perhaps the reviewer below ("colonialism...") is right about some facts being incorrect. But I have to say that my understanding of the Middle East has changed *completely* (it would probably be better to say that I gained an understanding vs. a disconnected mish-mash of opinions, newspaper reports, and facts that that I somehow "knew", but couldn't tell how if my life depended on it.)
I have a custom of ruining books I read by highlighting, dog-ear'ing, writing on pages, and inserting lots of post-its everywhere. So, this time I've used a pack of highlighters on this book! (This method did fail sometimes, 'cause some pages I ended up "painting over" completely. There's absolutely no fluff in there.) The book contains such a huge amount of information--factual of course, but also a lot of analysis, that I *know* I will have to read it again, and probably more than once--at least in order to let the timeline set in. On the first reading I really felt overwhelmed, and I'll let it settle for a while (though I did go back selectively.) Btw, Fromkin's writing style is outstanding, especially for a book that's bound to be difficult because of sheer information volume. It's actually easy to read.
Another good thing is is an insert with a great selection of photos and maps. There's something visual about nearly every personnage talked about wich makes the description come alive in many cases.
The only problem is that even now my copy is close to start falling apart, and it would really be great if they made a hardback (and added more photos and, most importantly, maps.) Well, for maps I recommend to have a copy of Penguin Atlas of European History, it's pretty, colorful, detailed, got quite a bit of complementing text (factual primarily)--it's is a very good companion for Fromkin's "Peace ..." Well, all right...
Oh, no, one more thing--the book contains a 15-page index, a 15-page bibliography (which is separate from reference section, which is about 40 pages long.) I mean, if you'd like to enlarge on what you've read (after taking a vacation <g>, of course) you've got links to about 20 years worth of related reading material there.)
It's an outstanding work.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen If you like this stuff- read it, 1. September 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East: Creating the Modern Middle East, 1914-1922 (Taschenbuch)
For me, this was a hard book to read without context. When I first grabbed it 7 years ago, I put it down after 50 pages. When I picked it up last month after having read more on the history of the region, I could not put it down. For anyone with an interest in Middle Eastern History, the book is fascinating and has some truly "truth is stranger than fiction" nuggets. The events surrounding Turkey's entry into the first world war, the story (myth) of T.E. Laurance, and the Dardenelles fiasco all translate into great stories and when viewed in detail serve to reiterate the idea that history is a chain of blunders rather than any kind of coherent conspiracy.
The author's clear anti-British bias, not undeserved mind you, does detract a little but only because such tales stand best on their own without sarcasm. One thing that was missing, which I like to see in a book like this, is a better indication of the author's credentials or motivations.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wonderful book!, 9. Januar 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East: Creating the Modern Middle East, 1914-1922 (Taschenbuch)
The very image of British delegates clustered around outdated maps of Mesopotamia and the Holy Land, muffling curses as they try to pin-point elusive rivers -- with Semitic names they can't even pronounce but which they intend to use as arbitrary borders of the new nations they're delineating -- is just one of the many poignant details Fromkin inserts in this marvelous history of the early 20th century Middle East.
The scope of the work is incredible. Fromkin opens with Churchill as First Lord of the Admirality, then follows the course of events that led to the dramatic showdown with the Ottoman Empire that erupted into the disastrous and devastating Eastern campaign of WWI.
Kitchener, T.E. Lawrence, Gertrude Belle, Abd al-Azziz, Sykes, Ben-Gurion, Attaturk, Woodrow Wilson, Emir Feisal, Lloyd George -- are all participants in this dynamic history, and are adroitly described at there best and worst moments. The starry-eyed hopes of the Romantic Arabists opposing the Protestant M.P.s who envisioned the revival of Israel "from Dan to Beersheba"; Hashemite potentates installed as the ruling monarchs of predominantly Shi'ite territories; British officials in India questioning the motives of their counterparts in Cairo, who hoped to revive a "Moslem Caliphate" to serve as a "Mohammaden" buffer zone stretching from the Levant to Afghanistan, all as an elaborate chess move in the perpetual Great Game, waged between Her Majesty's Government and the uncertain forces -- "undoubtedly Jewish" -- influencing the Russian Czar.
The fall of the House of Osman and the rise of the C.U.P.; the End of Imperial Russia and the ascendancy of Lenin; the Maronite Christians in Lebanon and Reza Khan in Iran; French colonialism and Italian belligerency; the shocking slaughter of the Armenians and the Greek catastrophe in Smyrna, are also discussed in this synoptic overview.
David Fromkin helps elucidate the circumstances that led to the bewildering patchwork of cultures, religions and ideologies that constitute the Modern Middle East. Although the book would be easier to follow with a few more detailed maps, it is a beautifully composed and skillfully executed work, and well worth the money.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A good, solid book, 17. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East: Creating the Modern Middle East, 1914-1922 (Taschenbuch)
A Peace to End All Peace is enthralling in its reading and fascinating in scope, but a little bit of reflection after reading it brings to light some flaws. First, the history is somewhat lacking. I came to reading with a good deal of knowledge about it already, but someone without that prior knowledge might be lost. This is to some degree a reflection of Fromkin's scope, 7 or so years over a wide geographic area. Second, this book just wasn't satisfying. I can't really explain it, but I left this book feeling like I needed to know more, that reading those 600 pages had told an incomplete story. Nevertheless, I would rate A Peace to End All Peace to be a good and solid, if unspectacular, book.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A very good read., 12. Dezember 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East: Creating the Modern Middle East, 1914-1922 (Taschenbuch)
It has been over five years since I finished this book, but I do recall that it is very well written. Far from being dry history, it reads as an intriguing story. As well as being entertained by the cast of characters and the storyline, you will acquire a good deal of historical knowledge which will help you to understand the area today.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Well Done., 30. Dezember 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East: Creating the Modern Middle East, 1914-1922 (Taschenbuch)
If you have visited the Middle East or are interested in the region, this book makes sense of the whole affair. Written with a nod to mystery/thiller novels, you will not find the book containing a lot of boring drivel concerning the area. On the contrary, from Churchill to the foot soldier, Fromkin keeps you interested
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5.0 von 5 Sternen I strongly recommend this book., 4. Juli 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East: Creating the Modern Middle East, 1914-1922 (Taschenbuch)
I have recently finished this book. I found it very informative and well-written. I strongly recommend this book to everybody who are interested on middle-east, Arabic and Turkish history. Wothout reading it it is not possible to grasp what is going on today's middle-east.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Sinister colonialism, 14. Juli 2000
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East: Creating the Modern Middle East, 1914-1922 (Taschenbuch)
I read the other reviews pertaining to this book and I was a little surprised at how well this book was received. Overall I felt that the historical sequencing of the events was lacking and the sequencing of the chapters in the book confusing. I would think that it would be very difficult to make sense of the book without having prior knowledge of middle east history. I would not recommend this book for someone who is reading their first book to understand the evolution of middle eastern history. In many instances the historical facts that Fromkin presents in his book are incorrect or incomplete. On the positive side this book might be intriguing for someone who is interested in the history of the British colonial policies and some of the leading British political figures. In regards to understanding the history of the middle east, one of the few positives of this book is the fact that it illustrates the sinister role that the colonial powers have played in shaping the current picture of the middle east. While it is not explicitly discussed or analyzed in the book (a major disappointment), the reader will be able to realize the amount of influence and the hypocritical and racist policies that the colonial powers exercised in shaping the destiny of the peoples of the middle east. It is surprising as much as it is disturbing to realize the amount of freedom that the colonial powers exercised on helpless people to protect so called imperial interests. After reading this book, readers should reach the natural conclusion that the problems in today's middle east is a direct result of poor, racist, self-centered policies of European powers, made by politicians who were ignorant, hypocritical, and knew very little about the region they were ruling.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent, 10. September 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East: Creating the Modern Middle East, 1914-1922 (Taschenbuch)
Fascinating glimse of various British WWI-period prognostications (Sikes, Lloyd George etc.), in light of how things turned out.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Fascinating history, 18. Juli 2000
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East: Creating the Modern Middle East, 1914-1922 (Taschenbuch)
This book provides a fascinating history of the early 20th century "creation" of the Middle East. The book is written in short, easily digestible sections, so I found it an easy read even though the timeline does jump around a bit. I found it to be a page-turner.
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