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History of the Modern Middle East
This is the story of the Modern Middle East, from the Young Turks to ISIS.
Sep 5, 2020
Episode 10: The Balkan Wars
The 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. Bibliography The Young Turks: The Committee of Union and Progress in Turkish Politics, 1908-14, Feroz Ahmad The Emergence of Modern Turkey; Third Edition, Bernard Lewis The Ottoman Endgame: War, Revolution, and the Making of the Modern Middle East, 1908-1923, Sean McMeekin The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East, Eugene Rogan The Decline and Fall of the Ottoman Empire, Alan Palmer The Balkans: Nationalism, War, and the Great Powers, 1804-1999, Misha Glenny A History of the Balkans, Ferdinand Schevill The Serbs: The Guardians of the Gate, R.G.D. Laffan
May 30, 2019
Episode 9: A Damn Fool Thing in the Balkans
The History of the Balkans from 1876 to 1912
May 1, 2019
Episode 8: The Age of Liberation
The history of the Ottoman Balkans, from the 18th century up to the 1870s.
Nov 7, 2018
Episode 7: The Tripolitanian War
Italy declares war on the Ottomans while the CUP struggles to survive.
Oct 24, 2018
Episode 6: Ottomans and Sanussis
We look at the history of Libya between the end of the Qaramanli Dynasty in 1835 and the Tripolitanian War in 1911.
Sep 7, 2018
Episode 5: Qaramanlis and Corsairs
In 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. Bibliography Captives: Britain, Empire, and the World, 1600-1850, Linda Colley Libya, John Wright North Africa 1800-1900: A Survey from the Nile Valley to the Atlantic, Magali Morsy A History of Modern Libya, Dirk Vandewalle Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East 1776-Present, Michael B. Oren Thomas Jefferson’s Quran: Islam and the Founders, Denise A. Spellberg Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates, Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger
Aug 16, 2018
Episode 4: Stumble and Struggle
The Committee of Union and Progress try to re-establish their authority over the Ottoman Empire, but they are having difficulty holding their own ranks together, all the while trying to tame the army.
May 30, 2018
Appendix B1: The Rise of Islam
The Arabian origins of Islam, and its rise.
Feb 27, 2018
Episode 3: Coups and Counter Coups
In this episode we look at the Young Turk Revolution of 1908, and the attempted counter revolution of 1909
Jan 29, 2018
Episode 2: The Eve of Revolution
The Young Turks organize for their plot against the Sultan.
Jan 8, 2018
Episode 1: The Sick Man and His Medicine
In this episode we look at the history of the ottoman Empire's decline, from the reign of Selim III up to the 20th century, and the attempts at political and economic reform.
Sep 24, 2017
Rebooting the Narrative
The podcast narrative is getting rebooted
May 31, 2017
Appendix A2: Pax Ottomanica
The Ottoman Empire from Mehmet II through Suliman the Magnificent
Feb 23, 2017
Appendix A1: The Rise of the Turks
The origins of the Turks, through the capture of Constantinople
Jan 15, 2017
Episode 0: Sylabus
I introduce myself and explain what I am trying to do with this podcast.