The history of the Ottoman Empire spanned more than seven centuries. At the height of its power, it stretched over three continents and produced marvels of architecture, literature, science, and warfare. When it fell, its collapse redrew the map of the world and changed the course of history. Shadow of the Sultan’s Realm is the story of the empire’s dissolution during a tumultuous period that climaxed in the First World War. In its telling are battles and campaigns that have become the stuff of legend—Gallipoli, Kut, Beersheeba—waged by men who have become larger than life: Enver Bey, the would-be patriot who was driven more by ambition than by wisdom; T. E. Lawrence (“Lawrence of Arabia”), the enigmatic leader of an irregular war against the Turks; Aaron Aaronsohn, the Jewish botanist-turned-spy who deceived his Turkish and British allies with equal facility; David Lloyd George, the prime minister for whom power meant everything, integrity nothing; Mehmet Talaat, who gave the orders that began the Armenian massacres; Winston Churchill, who created a detailed plan for the Gallipoli campaign, which should have been the masterstroke of the Great War; Mustafa Kemal, a gifted soldier who would become a revolutionary politician and earn the name Atatürk; Arthur Balfour, the British foreign secretary who would promise anything to anyone; and Edmund Allenby, the general who failed in the trench warfare of the western front but fought brilliantly in Palestine. Daniel Allen Butler weaves the stories of the men and the events that propelled them into a compelling narrative of the death of an empire. Its legacy is the cauldron of the modern Middle East.
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About the Author
Daniel Allen Butler is the bestselling author of many books, including “Unsinkable”: The Full Story of RMS Titanic (1998); Distant Victory: The Battle of Jutland and the Allied Triumph in the First World War (2006); and The First Jihad: The Battle for Khartoum and the Dawn of Militant Islam (2007). He lives in Culver City, California.
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Just finished this book. Was a nice overview of the history of the Ottoman Empire. It covered the Golden Age up to the breakup after the First World War and on to July, 1923 when the Treaty of Lausanne was signed. I must say that if you have read any other books on the Ottoman Empire in WWI there will be little here that you do not already know. On the other hand, if this is your first visit to the history of the Ottoman Empire in WWI it should be of interest. I have read other books on this subject so for the most part there was little new. However, the last chapter dealt with the reaction of the Turks to the terms presented by the Allies after the Empire surrendered. Specifically, the leadership shown by Mustafa Kemal to organize a resistence to the harsh terms from France and Britain. Kemal actually took over leadership of the country to demand a rewrite of the surrender terms. This part of the book I found fascinating. I actually looked through the references to find further reading about Mustafa Kemal. I found some which I will look into.The final chapter also discussed the significance of the entry of the Ottoman Empire into WWI. There was some speculation on what would have happened if the Empire would have stayed on the sidelines. Very interesting stuff. Overall, I can only recommend this book to those who have little background on the Ottoman Empire's relationship with Imperial Germany leading up to the war and the Ottoman Empire's contribution to the Central Power's efforts in the war.