This is the story of the Modern Middle East, from the Young Turks to ISIS.
Episode 10: The Balkan Wars
5/9/2020The Ottomans are blindsided by the Christian states of the Balkans while still fighting a war against Italy, and the Great Powers don’t seem to care to much about maintaining the old balance of power.BibliographyThe Young Turks: The Committee of Union and Progress in Turkish Politics, 1908-14, Feroz AhmadThe Emergence of Modern Turkey; Third Edition, Bernard LewisThe Ottoman Endgame: War, Revolution, and the Making of the Modern Middle East, 1908-1923, Sean McMeekinThe Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East, Eugene RoganThe Decline and Fall of the Ottoman Empire, Alan PalmerThe Balkans: Nationalism, War, and the Great Powers, 1804-1999, Misha GlennyA History of the Balkans, Ferdinand SchevillThe Serbs: The Guardians of the Gate, R.G.D. Laffan
Episode 5: Qaramanlis and Corsairs
7/9/2018In this episode we backtrack the narrative two centuries to when the Qaramanli Dynasty came to power in Tripoli, and how they engaged in a campaign of piracy that eventually lead to their demise. BibliographyCaptives: Britain, Empire, and the World, 1600-1850, Linda ColleyLibya, John WrightNorth Africa 1800-1900: A Survey from the Nile Valley to the Atlantic, Magali MorsyA History of Modern Libya, Dirk VandewallePower, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East 1776-Present, Michael B. OrenThomas Jefferson’s Quran: Islam and the Founders, Denise A. SpellbergThomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates, Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger