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
Intriguing and Impressive, If Flawed
Overall, this is a very interesting podcast about a very fascinating subject. As others have mentioned, the speed of the presentation is rather quick, and I find myself rewinding quite a bit. However, the solid writing makes the episodes enjoyable.
Another area of improvement is on the scope and subject of the podcast. While it is about the history of the modern Middle East, it’s very focused on the Ottoman Empire and closely related topics. Of course, you can’t discuss the modern Middle East without devoting a significant amount of attention to the Turks, but the area is incredibly diverse and the history incredibly rich. More focus on other ethnic groups and states would offer a more holistic view as to how West Asia became what it is today.
Four stars is a fair rating for this show because, in the end, it is both educational and involving in a way that many other shows are not. If you like Middle Eastern history, I would recommend it for your library.
Hello Podcaster, what are your goals in providing so much content for the Internet?
The last thing I want to do is discourage your interest in History. I read a few other Reviews of your Podcast and what is actually encouraging is a common theme: you aren't quite there yet, however your potential is excellant! I enquired about the goal bvehind the Podcast because you seem to be putting a lot of effort into providing content for others. Thank you. However, remember your audience. I hope you are alright because I didn't hear you take a single breath. I know this isn't the first comment to find the presentation lacking. The positive part about that is that it's something you can DO something about! So, go back to the drawing board and THINK about the potential causes and effects that have shaped the Modern Middle East. I found your deconstruction of the term "Middle East" fascinating.You are at your best when not reading from a written script. When speaking naturally, your voice is paced perfectly with a very pleasing low warmth tone,but the listener only hears the real you when you state the title. I believe the subject matter deserves a more mature analysis that someone with more experience under their belt can provide.
Worth including in list of historical podcasts
I don’t have much knowledge of the cultures nor languages associated with the history Hurst discusses, so I can’t speak to the quality of the pronunciation. That said, he covers a lot of material and seems to do his best to summarize things as he proceeds through the narrative. Overall, it’s a solid presentation.