This is the story of the Modern Middle East, from the Young Turks to ISIS.
Episdoe 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.
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
Episode 9: A Damn Fool Thing in the Balkans
The History of the Balkans from 1876 to 1912
Episode 8: The Age of Liberation
The history of the Ottoman Balkans, from the 18th century up to the 1870s.
Episode 7: The Tripolitanian War
Italy declares war on the Ottomans while the CUP struggles to survive.
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.
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.
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