Ottoman Empire's Breakup


The “Eastern Question,” who would get which portion
of the Ottoman Empire when it collapsed, occupied the
Great Powers of Europe for much of the 19th century.
When its demise finally came with its defeat at the end of
World War I, what had been the empire became 30-some
separate countries and was the subject of major disputes
at the Paris Peace Conference in 1919. Several territorial
issues were never fully resolved, and hot spots such as
Mesopotamia (modern Iraq), Palestine, Syria, Armenia,
Kurdistan and the Balkans remain 100 years later.

The course will examine the rise and decline of this great
empire that lasted over half a millennium, its external relations,
its place among the European nations, which coveted
parts of the empire, and the mid-19th century Crimean
War. Some of the factors causing upheaval in societies,
such as the rise of nationalism, which led to World War I,
will be studied. Both the Western and Eastern Fronts will
be discussed, with an emphasis on the Eastern Front.

The creation of the modern Middle East through the
various peace treaties bringing World War I to an end,
and the treaties’ continuing influences a century later will
finish this look at one of the major hinges of history.

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