The final destruction of the Ottoman Empire - one of the great
epics of the First World War, from bestselling historian Eugene
Rogan. For some four centuries the Ottoman Empire had been one of
the most powerful states in Europe as well as ruler of the Middle
East. By 1914 it had been drastically weakened and circled by
numerous predators waiting to finish it off. Following the Ottoman
decision to join the First World War on the side of the Central
Powers the British, French and Russians hatched a plan to finish
the Ottomans off: an ambitious and unprecedented invasion of
Gallipoli...Eugene Rogan's remarkable new book recreates one of the
most important but poorly understood fronts of the First World War.
Despite fighting back with great skill and ferocity against the
Allied onslaught and humiliating the British both at Gallipoli and
in Mesopotamia (Iraq), the Ottomans were ultimately defeated,
clearing the way for the making, for better or worse, of a new
Middle East which has endured to the present.