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Shattering Empires
The Clash and Collapse of the Ottoman and Russian Empires 1908–1918

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  • Date Published: March 2011
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521149167

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  • The break-up of the Ottoman empire and the disintegration of the Russian empire were watershed events in modern history. The unravelling of these empires was both cause and consequence of World War I and resulted in the deaths of millions. It irrevocably changed the landscape of the Middle East and Eurasia and reverberates to this day in conflicts throughout the Caucasus and Middle East. Shattering Empires draws on extensive research in the Ottoman and Russian archives to tell the story of the rivalry and collapse of two great empires. Overturning accounts that portray their clash as one of conflicting nationalisms, this pioneering study argues that geopolitical competition and the emergence of a new global interstate order provide the key to understanding the course of history in the Ottoman-Russian borderlands in the twentieth century. It will appeal to those interested in Middle Eastern, Russian, and Eurasian history, international relations, ethnic conflict, and World War I.

    • Explores a fundamental moment in history, which sparked controversies and conflicts still in progress today, such as controversial Turkish-Armenian relations, the Kurdish question, the origins of the Turkish Republic, and conflicts in the Caucasus and between Russia and its Muslims
    • Integrates theories and concepts from international relations and political science, addressing the political behaviour of empires, ethnic conflict, and borderland populations
    • Original archival research adds knowledge to the poorly understood collapse of the Ottoman and Russian empires
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    • A Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2011

    Reviews & endorsements

    "A first-class work of history ... an impressively clear and highly original account of the complex events in the Russian and Ottoman empires" - Financial Times

    "Shattering Empires is a pioneering study that brilliantly illuminates the entangled crises of the Ottoman and Russian states. In this timely and well-written book, Reynolds skilfully shows how the confrontation between these two states contributed to the collapse of both empires and to the birth of a new kind of politics in the Middle East and the Caucasus." Robert D. Crews, Stanford University

    "Michael Reynolds has written an important and original book. He relates a complex story with remarkable clarity and admirable rigor. His balanced and nuanced account is based on wide research and is a major addition to the literature on Russian and Ottoman history, and to the history of the First World War." Peter Holquist, University of Pennsylvania

    "Michael Reynolds combines a deep understanding of Russia and Turkey to produce an outstanding book that illuminates both historical and contemporary questions." Stephen Rosen, Harvard University

    "Shattering Empires is a fine book … it makes a valuable contribution not only to the history of Russian-Ottoman relations but also to our understanding of the intersection of nationalism and geopolitics in the age of imperial downfall." -Times Literary Supplement

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521149167
    • length: 324 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • contains: 25 b/w illus. 5 maps
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. The high politics of anarchy and competition
    2. Troubles in Anatolia: imperial insecurities and the transformation of borderland politics
    3. Visions of vulnerability: the politics of Muslims, revolutionaries, and defectors
    4. Out of the pan, into the fire: empires at war
    5. Remastering Anatolia: rending nations, rending empires
    6. Brest-Litovsk and the opening of the Caucasus
    7. Forced to be free: the geopolitics of independence in the Transcaucasus
    8. Racing against time
    Epilogue.

  • Author

    Michael A. Reynolds, Princeton University, New Jersey
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