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Author McMeekin, Sean, 1974-

Title The Berlin-Baghdad express : the Ottoman Empire and Germany's bid for world power / Sean McMeekin.

Publication Info. Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2010.


Location Call No. Status
 Cromwell-Belden Public Library - Adult Department  940.31 MCM    Check Shelf
 Simsbury Public Library - Non Fiction  940.31 MCMEEKIN    Check Shelf
Description xv, 460 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Note "First published in the United Kingdom by Penguin Books Ltd. 2010"--T.p. verso.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 413-[426]) and index.
Contents Prologue: The view from Haydarpasha -- The kaiser, the baron and the dragoman -- Berlin to Baghdad -- Young Turks and old caliphs -- A gift from Mars : German holy war fever -- The war for the porte -- The first global jihad : death to infidels everywhere! (unless they be Germans, Austrians, Hungarians, Americans or - possibly - Italians) -- Parting the Red Sea -- An Austrian in Arabia -- Showdown at the Suez Canal -- Gallipoli : from disaster to triumph -- The blood of the Prophet -- The Shia stratagem -- To the gates of India -- Trouble on the Baghdad Railway -- The reluctant Mahdi -- Iranian implosion -- Betrayal in Mecca -- The holy war devours its children -- Consolation prize? : the race for Baku -- Epilogue: The strange death of German Zionism and the Nazi-Muslim connection.
Summary 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 clique of Germans and Turks who thrust the Islamic world into the conflict for their own political, economic, and military ends. The Berlin-Baghdad Express tells the fascinating story of how Germany exploited Ottoman pan-Islamism in order to destroy the British Empire, 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 consequential 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 before. Drawing on a wealth of new sources, McMeekin forces us to re-examine Western interference in the Middle East and its lamentable results. It is an epic tragicomedy of unintended consequences, 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. - Publisher.
Subject World War, 1914-1918 -- Turkey.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Islamic countries.
Germany -- Foreign relations -- 1888-1918.
Geopolitics -- Germany -- History.
Germany -- Foreign relations -- Turkey.
Turkey -- Foreign relations -- Germany.
Added Title Ottoman Empire and Germany's bid for world power
ISBN 9780674057395 cloth alkaline paper
0674057392 cloth alkaline paper
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