This book examines the collapse of the Ottoman Empire which changed the lives of Slavs, Turks, Greeks, Arabs, and Armenians. For six centuries the Ottoman Empire united a diverse array of religious and ethnic groups, but its dissolution into distinct states left a tradition of nationalism and ethnic enmity in much of the Balkans and Middle East which directly links to crises in the region today.
The new map of the Balkans and Middle East, which was largely the product of the victorious Allies after Word War I, made little concession to practical concerns such as access to seaports, or the rights of minorities. In particular the majority of the Muslim population of the Ottoman Balkans would never be integrated into the new states as the "national" character of these states depended, in part, on the elimination of what they considered "outsiders". Only the Turkish Republic was able to thwart the plans of the conquerors by defeating military incursion.
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Justin McCarthy is a Professor of History at the University of Louisville, KY.Review:
“Aiming to challenge common notions and ideas...the book forces one to reflect again on the merits and faults of the world order versus the old one, and shows that what seems human progress is sometimes gained only with considerable, and unnecessary, sacrifice.” ―Middle East Journal
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Buchbeschreibung Arnold Company, London, 2003. Paperback. Buchzustand: Very Good. Good to very good in paperback-clean copy -no markings; History Endings; Maps; 9.22 X 6.17 X 0.74 inches; 248 pages. Artikel-Nr. 45991