01 December 2014

3503) Book Review :Ottoman Road to War in 1914: Ottoman Empire and the WWI



by Alexander M. Shelby

The Ottoman Road to War in 1914: The Ottoman Empire and the First World War I

By Mustafa Aksakal. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008. ISBN 978- 0-52188060-2. List of abbreviations. Glossary. Maps. Notes. Bibliography. Index. Pp. xv, 216. $99.00.

In this short, well researched volume, Mustafa Aksakal, assistant professor at the American University, explores why the Ottoman Empire entered the First World War in 1914. Aksakal asserts that literature dealing with the Ottoman participation in the Great War exclusively blames the Ottoman war minister, Ismail Enver Pasha, depicting him as the hawkish omnipotent leader who single-hand-

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