The Ottoman War: Comparative Perspective on WWI


What is different about the Ottoman war? -- A comparative perspective on WWI. The experience of World War I in the Ottoman Empire was substantially different from that in other belligerent countries in Europe. This was true for the outbreak of war, the war years themselves, and the aftermath of the war.

It is now 100 years since the onset of World War I. Our picture of this war has been shaped to a great extent by visions of the war enthusiasm of 1914, by the mud and trenches of Flanders and the Somme, and by the revolutions of 1917-18, all of them European phenomena. The argument of this lecture is that the experience of World War I in the Ottoman Empire was substantially different from that in other belligerent countries in Europe. This was true for the outbreak of war, the war years themselves, and the aftermath of the war.

Open lecture by renowned historian Erik J. Zürcher, Affilated Professor at Stockholm University Institute for Turkish Studies (SUITS) and Professor of Turkish Studies, Leiden University.


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