The Ottoman Road to War in 1914: The Ottoman Empire and the First World War

The Ottoman Road to War in 1914: The Ottoman Empire and the First World War

by Mustafa Aksakal
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521880602

ISBN-13: 9780521880602

Pub. Date: 12/31/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Why did the Ottoman Empire enter the First World War in late October 1914, months after the war's devastations had become clear? Were its leaders 'simple-minded,' 'below-average' individuals, as the doyen of Turkish diplomatic history has argued? Or, as others have claimed, did the Ottomans enter the war because War Minister Enver Pasha, dictating Ottoman decisions

Overview

Why did the Ottoman Empire enter the First World War in late October 1914, months after the war's devastations had become clear? Were its leaders 'simple-minded,' 'below-average' individuals, as the doyen of Turkish diplomatic history has argued? Or, as others have claimed, did the Ottomans enter the war because War Minister Enver Pasha, dictating Ottoman decisions, was in thrall to the Germans and to his own expansionist dreams? Based on previously untapped Ottoman and European sources, Mustafa Aksakal's dramatic study challenges this consensus. It demonstrates that responsibility went far beyond Enver, that the road to war was paved by the demands of a politically interested public, and that the Ottoman leadership sought the German alliance as the only way out of a web of international threats and domestic insecurities, opting for an escape whose catastrophic consequences for the empire and seismic impact on the Middle East are felt even today.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521880602
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/31/2008
Series:
Cambridge Military Histories Series
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: pursuing sovereignty in the age of imperialism; 1. The intellectual and emotional climate after the Balkan wars; 2. 1914: war with Greece?; 3. The Ottomans within the international order; 4. The Great War as great opportunity: the Ottoman July crisis; 5. Tug of war: Penelope's game; 6. Salvation through war?; Conclusion: the decision for war remembered.

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