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The Ottoman Empire

A Captivating Guide to the Rise and Fall of the Turkish Empire and Its Control over Much of Southeast Europe, Western Asia, and North Africa
Narrated by: Desmond Manny
Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
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Summary

Explore the captivating history of the Ottoman Empire.

The Ottoman world was nothing like an exotic fairy tale featuring tyrant sultans, mean pashas, and ill-fated harem women. The true stories of genuine sultans and princes are a bit more complicated and no less exciting. 

Incredible facts about this empire still surprise anyone who starts discovering those stories. You’ll find out that, for quite a while, this Islamic state was effectively ruled by women, and that’s just the beginning.

In The Ottoman Empire: A Captivating Guide to the Rise and Fall of the Turkish Empire and Its Control over Much of Southeast Europe, Western Asia, and North Africa, you will discover topics such as:

  • The first sultan
  • The conqueror
  • The just and the resolute
  • The magnificent
  • The power of harem
  • The sultanate of women
  • The supreme valide
  • Husbands and sons
  • Grandest of the grand
  • Flower power: the age of tulips
  • Transformation
  • A step toward modernization
  • The reorganization
  • The last absolute ruler
  • The end of the Ottoman Empire
  • And much, much more!

So listen to this audiobook now if you want to learn more about the Ottoman Empire!

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Love to read about Turkey being a European state.

Captivating History doing a fabulous job on doing detailed work on history of the world. This is their last effort I have with me. This book is packed with the all why Turkey was falling in early 1920's.

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Informative & Interesting history.

Having never had a real curiosity for the Ottoman Empire, I found this guide by Captivating History to be informative and interesting! Learning the origins of the Empire and its people has been eye opening and I look forward to learning more.

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Interesting history of Turkish.

As you got the book you find that you did not know as much as you thought you did. It was an interesting read about the Ottoman Empire.

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3 hrs and 9 mins Basic Book

Pretty basic and succinct for me. I was surprised by how three hours boo is informative. I am just starting to learn about the Ottoman Empire so can not say if this is biased. The book lays out some basics like who, what, when and where. I would purchase this again.

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Another excellent book by Captivating History team

Here we are reminded that the Ottoman Empire didn’t simply vanish after 1918. On the contrary, Provence takes us through the complex history of the modern Middle East, discussing such topics as Great Power colonialism, Arab nationalism, Islam, resistance to & repression by the British and French mandate governments making this a nuanced, well integrated & thought provoking work. Reading it today fills in many of the gaps in our understanding of such events as the war in Syria. Few history books are as lively and engaging to read - if one is genuinely interested in the topic.

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Excellent book on the making of the Turkish Empire

Original, superbly researched & enjoyable to read, this book links facts together clearly and in a way that brings them to life. It is essential for understanding the making of the modern Turkish in all its complexities. The author shows that while the culture, power & structure of the Ottoman Empire receded after the First World War it’s influence on regional history & politics continues to the present day.

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recommend as companion reading

The author's discussion of the Turkish uprising is excellent - I recommend as companion reading Scott Anderson's Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East - but Rogan really hits his stride in the concluding chapters writing about the Hussein-McMahon correspondence and the Sykes-Picot agreement; I was especially intrigued by his reassessment of the latter.

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A truly excellent history by C.H.

For those how anyone wanting to understand more about the creation of the modern Turkish Empire, or to gain some valuable insights into a part of the First World War often overlooked, _A Captivating Guide to the Rise and Fall of the Turkish Empire_ is an excellent treatise. It is well written, detailed and thought-provoking. Highly recommended.

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Best history book about the area.

I've read a large number of pre WWI and WWI history books in my time but this is the first time the war has been diligently covered from the perspective of the Ottoman empire. It's a fascinating account of the dilemma the Turks faced on the eve of World War One, and the treatment of all sides - including the hapless civilians who were caught up in the hysteria and madness of the time - is even-handed and highly informative.

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  • Gail Bishop
  • 13-12-18

A bit off mark in my view.

The book is off mark from it's stated intent, the author wanted to center the book around, but ended up doing it and therein lies it's problem. Very much of an English account of the history, although exposing the emptiness of the policies and thought behind them from political as well as military men of the empire, the book fails to tell a complete story. Still a readable book, though one will have to read other sources.

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  • Alberta Augustine
  • 13-12-18

An Illuminating piece of work.

Captivating History's work draws from a wide variety of sources, approaching the issues from different perspectives. It clearly exhibits the fact that, on the contrary to the ex-post official histories, the policies for greater Turkey had developed almost haphazardly. Much of his comments regarding T.E. Lawrance refers to Desmond Stewart's biography of the latter, thus should be taken with some reservation. An absolute must for individuals interested in contemporary world politics.

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  • David Sherrer
  • 13-12-18

A must read to understand the history.

So comprehensive and understandable, this history of the origins of the Fall of the Turkish Empire of today should be read by everyone trying to make sense of the current situation in that region.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-12-18

Understanding the Enigma of the Turkish Empire

This book explains it all. The Fall of the Turkish Empire and Its Control over Much of Southeast Europe, Western Asia, and North Africa is sorted out in easy steps, Artificial Country by Artificial Country. This division, each chapter dealing with one country for each of the half a dozen years makes for easy reference.

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  • Nahk Nafri
  • 11-12-18

An Extraordinary History

This is the best book I have read to date on the dynamics that marked the end of the Ottoman Empire and the construction of the modern Turkish, Professor Provence has added significant information to existing chronicles. He documents the role that the imperial powers played in shaping the "independent" countries of the former Ottoman provinces, showing that some of the current challenges that Syria and Iraq face in particular date back to this period. It is essential reading for anyone interested in both the period and the region.

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  • Willy Staples
  • 11-12-18

A readable for history buffs.

Listening to it today fills in many of the gaps in our understanding of such events as the war in Syria. I recommend it highly for students, professors, and people simply trying to understand the modern Levant. Few history books are as lively and engaging to read - if one is genuinely interested in the topic. Another excellent book by Captivating History team.

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  • Michael Cooper
  • 11-12-18

Much of Southeast Europe, Western Asia, and North

We are reminded that the Ottoman Empire didn’t simply vanish after 1918. On the contrary, Provence takes us through the complex history of the modern Turkish, discussing such topics as Great Power colonialism, Arab nationalism, Islam, resistance to & repression by the British and French mandate governments making this a nuanced, well integrated & thought provoking work.

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  • Christopher N. Ross
  • 11-12-18

Outstanding History of an Untold Dimension

For anyone wanting to understand Turkey's history and how it has shaped today's country under Erdogan this is a must-read. Likewise for those who want to understand the Armenian genocide. Best piece of writing form Captivating History.

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  • Jillian H. Stevens
  • 11-12-18

Required reading to understand the Middle East.

The Great War meant the ruin of the Hapsburgs, the Kaiser, and the Czar. But it also meant the final collapse of the Ottoman empire. None of these events seem to matter today until we look for a historical basis for current events- particularly in the Middle East. Required reading for anyone looking for historical context for Syria, jihad, Yemen, Arabia, and Turkey

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  • John L Morton
  • 12-12-18

A Peace to End all Peace.

A must read for all in International Studies or in the military, but more important, a must read to those that give senseless opinions of what goes on in when the Turkish empire fell.

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