Map of Ottoman Empire (1900) in German (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
This book review, published in Hurriyat News, one of Turkey‘s leading news outlets, is a must-read for insight and color. I’m not sure about the historical accuracy. Check it out!
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Turkey is a country very much in the news at the moment in terms of geo-political developments. Turkey has the second largest army is NATO but in recent years seems to have been turning her back on Europe a bit and looking towards the geography of the former Ottoman Empire. Close to both Russia and Iran, Turkey is currently one of the World’s most important global fault lines.
This book review reminds us that Turkey has had a very different cultural heritage to most European countries. However, perhaps historians will draw comparisons with the UK’s role in the Opium Wars?
Significantly, the book’s analysis stops twenty years ago, and as the reviewer highlights the narrative does not quite match the title.