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Book review: ‘The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East—1914-1920’ by Eugene Rogan

By Barnaby Rogerson   March 2015

9781846144387The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East—1914-1920 by Eugene Rogan (Allen Lane, £19.99)

This is narrative history at its very best: disciplined, well-paced, judicious and spiked with detail, character and incident. A chronological tale of the First World War might be wearyingly familiar, but by telling it from the perspective of the Ottoman Empire, Eugene Rogan grabs the reader’s attention—as if we are hearing the Iliad from the Trojan battlements. It is a complicated story, for the Ottoman Empire fought a war on four major fronts: against…

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