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In 1914 the Ottoman Empire was depleted of men and resources after years of war against Balkan nationalist and Italian forces. But in the aftermath of the assassination in Sarajevo, the powers of Europe were sliding inexorably toward war, and not even the Middle East could escape the vast and enduring consequences of one of the most destructive conflicts in human history. The Great War spelled the end of the Ottomans, unleashing powerful forces that would forever change the face of the Middle East.

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 on the Entente in Gallipoli, Mesopotamia, and Gaza 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 reading for anyone seeking to understand the Great War and the making of the modern Middle East.

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  • “[A] 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.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “This engrossing history unfolds in the Middle Eastern theater of the First World War, capturing the complex array of battles, brutalities, and alliances that brought down the six-hundred-year-old Ottoman Empire.”

    New Yorker

  • “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.”

    Economist (London)

  • “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 center of his account.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “[In] this superb audio production…Rogan reconstructs a bloody and controversial history with objectivity and utter truthfulness, and narrator Derek Perkins maintains that same distance and balance—while conveying with stark immediacy the awful drift of events. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    AudioFile

  • “A sweeping and nuanced work.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A well-researched and well-written book…A much-needed addition to World War I scholarship.”

    Library Journal

  • “An illuminating work that offers new understanding to the troubled history of this key geopolitical region.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A New York Times Bestseller
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About the Author

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.