Today in Middle Eastern/European history: the Turkish War of Independence begins (1919)

Having noted the anniversary of Sykes-Picot just a couple of days ago, we can turn our attention to a war that was about undoing many of the plans the European powers had for the Ottoman Empire after World War I. The October 1918 Armistice of Mudros, otherwise known as the empire’s WW I surrender to… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern/European history: the Turkish War of Independence begins (1919)

Today in Turkish history: the last Ottoman Sultan is deposed (1922)

If we’re going to talk about the beginning of the Ottoman Empire, then we ought to also talk about its end, right? So let’s discuss the removal of Sultan Mehmed VI Vahideddin (d. 1926), one of history’s great anti-climaxes. Although there was still technically an “Ottoman Sultan” until November 1, 1922, he’d been effectively out… Continue reading Today in Turkish history: the last Ottoman Sultan is deposed (1922)

Today in Middle Eastern/European history: the Turkish War of Independence begins (1919)

It’s kind of fitting that the signing of the Sykes-Picot agreement happened right around the same time on the calendar when the Turkish War of Independence began three years later, because the war was mostly about undoing whatever plans the World War I victor Europeans had for the Turks. The October 1918 Armistice of Mudros,… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern/European history: the Turkish War of Independence begins (1919)

Today in Turkish history: the last Ottoman Sultan is deposed (1922)

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I guess if I’m going to write about the beginning of the Ottoman Empire, I ought to at least mention the end of it, right? But the removal of Mehmed VI Vahideddin (d. 1926) as sultan is among history’s greatest anti-climaxes. The Ottomans had (obviously)…

Today in Middle Eastern/European history: the Turkish War of Independence begins (1919)

It’s kind of fitting that the signing of the Sykes-Picot agreement happened right around the same time on the calendar when the Turkish War of Independence began three years later, because the war was mostly about undoing whatever plans the World War I victor Europeans had for the Turks. The October 1918 Armistice of Mudros,… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern/European history: the Turkish War of Independence begins (1919)

Today in Turkish history: the last Ottoman Sultan is deposed (1922)

I guess if I’m going to write about the beginning of the Ottoman Empire, I ought to at least mention the end of it, right? But the removal of Mehmed VI Vahideddin (d. 1926) as sultan is among history’s greatest anti-climaxes. The Ottomans had (obviously) lost World War I, which resulted in the dismantling of… Continue reading Today in Turkish history: the last Ottoman Sultan is deposed (1922)