The Ottoman Endgame: War, Revolution, and the Making of the Modern Middle East

Sponsored by the Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program

Thursday, February 18

Time: 6:00-7:30pm

Location: Bard Graduate Center, 18 West 86th Street, New York, NY 10024

Professor Sean McMeekin of Bard College will discuss his new book on this important and timely topic. Professor Ilgu Ozler, director of the SUNY Global Engagement Program will serve as discussant. This event is co-sponsored by Foreign Affairs Magazine and Bard Middle Eastern Studies.

Between 1911 and 1922, a series of wars-chief among them World War I-would engulf the Ottoman Empire and its successor states. It is a story we think we know well, but as historian Sean McMeekin shows us in THE OTTOMAN ENDGAME: War, Revolution, and the Making of the Modern Middle East, 1908-1923, we know far less than we think. Drawing from McMeekin's years of groundbreaking research in newly opened Ottoman and Russian archives, THE OTTOMAN ENDGAME is a revelatory new history that recounts the social, political, and demographic transformations unfolding across the Middle East in the run-up to and aftermath of World War I. With great storytelling flair, McMeekin brings to light the entire strategic narrative that led to an unstable new order in postwar Middle East-much of which is still felt today.

More information is available here.