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World War One Through Arab Eyes


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In this three-part series, Tunisian writer and broadcaster Malek Triki explores the events surrounding World War One and its legacy from an Arab perspective.

Episode two tells the story of the decline of the Ottoman Empire, the fall Sultan Abdul Hamid II, the rise of the young Turk government in his place - and the history of the Ottoman-Germany relationship which led to the Treaty of Alliance between them in August 1914.

Episode three covers the secret Sykes-Picot agreement between Britain and France and the way the two imperial powers carved up the former Ottoman Empire between them, regardless of the rights and demands of rights and nationalist movements across the Arab world.

http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/specialseries/2014/11/world-war-one-through-arab-eyes-20141114133936678600.html

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Episode 2 was interesting & entertaining and had some good film footage.

Like many historical commentaries today though the "eyes" were sometimes more those of a 2014 commentator rather than of a relatively uneducated 2014 soldier.

Harry

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Many thanks Story, for pointing this out


On the whole an interesting project and a valuable insight on the history of this period from the Arab view point.


It was good to see our GWF Pal, Eceabat, talking about the Arab contribution to the Ottoman defence against the ANZACs at their landing.


In the second part, a great deal was made of the misery and death caused by famine in the Greater Syria region, and the historian who was interviewed attributed this solely to the war.


There is no doubt that the war exacerbated the famine, with for example, the diversion of scarce food stocks to supply the much increased military presence.


However the root of the famine was not the war itself, but the plague of locust which attacked the area just a few months after the commencement of hostilities. This was not mentioned in the film


The locust plague was well recorded at the time by the agronomist Aaron Aaronsohn and by the Americans then based at their colony in Jerusalem. For more from the latter see http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/americancolony/amcolony-locust.html



regards


Michael

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Episode three covers the secret Sykes-Picot agreement between Britain and France and the way the two imperial powers carved up the former Ottoman Empire between them, regardless of the rights and demands of rights and nationalist movements across the Arab world.

More on Sykes-Picot and its aftermath from today's newspaper

see the book critic's report here http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/after-sykes-picot-britain-france-and-the-struggle-for-the-middle-east.aspx?pageID=238&nID=75160&NewsCatID=474

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