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Dividing the Middle East – The Great Loot – Extra History – #1

Dividing the Middle East – The Great Loot – Extra History – #1

Constantinople, April 24th 1909. In his palace, Sultan Abdul Hameed II can hear gunfire and artillery. Street fighting rages in the ancient city. Monarchist forces are besieged in their barracks in the European quarter, surrounded by the Constitutionalist Army of Action. Last summer, he had bowed to the Constitutionalists, the so-called ‘Young Turk’ revolutionaries, and …

Empire, Republic, Democracy: A History of Turkey

Empire, Republic, Democracy: A History of Turkey

When people from the West look at Turkey, they either understand it as completely secular or completely Islamist. We are both and we are neither. This is not a simple homogeneous country. This is a country where you’ve had civilization upon civilization layered on top of one another. If you go back over history, you …