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

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The Berlin-Baghdad express : the Ottoman Empire and Germany's bid for world power
Title
The Berlin-Baghdad express
Title remainder
the Ottoman Empire and Germany's bid for world power
Statement of responsibility
Sean McMeekin
Title variation
Ottoman Empire and Germany's bid for world power
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
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
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DLC
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1974-
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McMeekin, Sean
Dewey number
940.3/1
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
D520.T8
LC item number
M36 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • World War, 1914-1918
  • World War, 1914-1918
  • Jihad
  • Germany
  • Geopolitics
  • Germany
  • Turkey
Label
The Berlin-Baghdad express : the Ottoman Empire and Germany's bid for world power, Sean McMeekin
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Publication
Note
"First published in the United Kingdom by Penguin Books Ltd. 2010"--T.p. verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 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
Control code
ocn555658561
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xv, 460 p., [16] p. of plates
Isbn
9780674057395
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2010019199
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
(OCoLC)555658561
Label
The Berlin-Baghdad express : the Ottoman Empire and Germany's bid for world power, Sean McMeekin
Publication
Note
"First published in the United Kingdom by Penguin Books Ltd. 2010"--T.p. verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 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
Control code
ocn555658561
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xv, 460 p., [16] p. of plates
Isbn
9780674057395
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2010019199
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
(OCoLC)555658561

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