mobi ✓ The Berlin Baghdad Express The Ottoman Empire and Germany's Bid for World Power Hardcover Í Sean McMeekin

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The modern Middle East was forged in the crucible of the First World War but few know the full story of how war actually came to the region As Sean McMeekin reveals in this startling reinterpretation of the war it was neither the British nor the French but rather a small cliue of Germans and Turks who thrust the Islamic world into the conflict for their own political economic and military endsThe Berlin Baghdad Express tells the fascinating story of how Germany exploited Ottoman pan Islamism in order to destroy the British Using the narrative conceit of the Berlin Baghdad railway McMeekin constructs an entertaining narrative of the romance between German and Austro Hungarian Orientalists in the years leading up to and during WWI Of greatest interest are the passages dealing with some of the lesser known obscure characters and events involved in the Germanic Drang nach Osten such as Alois Musil the Austrian counterpart of Lawrence of Arabia Kaiser Wilhelm's emmissary to Kabul Oskar von Niedermeyer and the curious figure of Wilhelm Wassmuss who attempted to lead a tribal insurgency against the British in the mountains of southern PersiaHowever the book was somewhat spoiled for me by the author's insistence on euating the pan Islamic dream of restoring the Ottoman Caliphate to the later horrors of the Nazi holocaust and Al aeda McMeekin concludes by writing off the German and Austro Hungarian Orientalists of the early 1900s as self hating scions of the in many cases Ashkenazi Jewish bourgeois simply because they chose to make common cause with Islam instead of their Christian and Jewish co religionists In this McMeekin reveals an unfortunate adaptation to the political climate of Islamophobia which currently prevails in the United States and much of Western Europe and detracts from what otherwise appears to be a well researched and engagingly written piece of scholarship

mobi The Berlin Baghdad Express The Ottoman Empire and Germany's Bid for World Power

The Berlin Baghdad Express The Ottoman Empire and Germany's Bid for World PowerEmpire then the largest Islamic power in the world Meanwhile the Young Turks harnessed themselves to German military might to avenge Turkey s hereditary enemy Russia Told from the perspective of the key decision makers on the Turco German side many of the most conseuential events of World War I Turkey s entry into the war Gallipoli the Armenian massacres the Arab revolt and the Russian Revolution are illuminated as never beforeDrawing on a wealth of new sources McMeekin forces us to re examine Western interference in the KOBOBOOKSReviewed by Literary Review

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mobi ✓ The Berlin Baghdad Express The Ottoman Empire and Germany's Bid for World Power Hardcover Í Sean McMeekin Í ➽ [Download] ➺ The Berlin Baghdad Express The Ottoman Empire and Germany's Bid for World Power By Sean McMeekin ➸ RMiddle East and its lamentable results It is an epic tragicomedy of unintended conseuences as Turkish nationalists give Russia the war it desperately wants jihad begets an Islamic insurrection in Mecca German sabotage plots upend the Tsar delivering Turkey from Russia s yoke and German Zionism midwifes the Balfour Declaration All along the story is interwoven with the drama surrounding German efforts to complete the Berlin to Baghdad railway the weapon designed to win the war and assure German hegemony over the Middle East Author Sean McMeekin has performed extensive research and put forth a multitude of details this historical book complete with a 30 page index however at times I found it hard to process all the information The book is not as much about the Berlin Baghdad railway as it is about Germany forming a coalition with Muslim Ottomans to fight on the Eastern Front against allied British and Russians