Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Fall of the Ottoman Empire


Many people don't realize it, but the problems we have today in the Middle East today are rooted in the fall of the Ottoman Empire at the end of the first World War. If you want to understand why the Middle East is in turmoil, then just look at what happened after World War I, which occurred almost one hundred years ago.

I was fortunate, recently, to come across a good book on this subject: A Peace To End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East, by David Fromkin.

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