The Ottomans I think sometimes get a bad rap for losing World War I, because, hey, if you only go by the final result it was a pretty total Ottoman defeat. But the fact of the matter is that Ottoman forces generally acquitted themselves well for most of the war, especially in Europe and the … Continue reading Today in World history: the Armistice of Mudros (1918)
I'm kicking off my new "Ibn Battuta's Journey" project over at TheRihlah.com this weekend, and our first serious post talks about who Ibn Battuta was and what he did. Please check it out: Abu Abdullah Muhammad ibn Abdullah al-Lawati al-Tangi ibn Battuta, or “Ibn Battuta” for short, was born in the Moroccan city of Tangier … Continue reading The Rihlah: Who was Ibn Battuta?
The appearance of Portuguese explorers in India in 1498 was, it’s safe to say, a world-altering event. When Vasco da Gama proved that it was possible for European ocean-going vessels to reach… Source: Today in World history: the Battle of Diu (1509)
So many things happened on October 30 that relate to this blog's usual material that it would be impossible to pick just one to talk about. Last year I wrote about three of them, but instead of reblogging all three I thought I'd just list them all here in chronological order. Antioch surrenders to the … Continue reading Today in history: a lot of stuff
The appearance of Portuguese explorers in India in 1498 was, it's safe to say, a world-altering event. When Vasco da Gama proved that it was possible for European ocean-going vessels to reach India by going around Africa, it meant changes not only for Europe and India, but for the powers in between, whose economies had … Continue reading Today in World history: the Battle of Diu (1509)
The Battle of Sarikamish was an overwhelming Russian victory whose outcome put the Ottomans on the defensive in World War I's Caucasus theater of operations right up until the 1917 October Revolution took Russia out of the war altogether. Its military impact was fairly substantial--World War I might have been much different if the Ottomans … Continue reading Today in World War I: the Battle of Sarikamish ends (1915)
There are a pair of World War I battles that have anniversaries today. Of the two, Gallipoli is far and away the larger and more famous. It's also probably the more meaningful, although considering that the side that won Gallipoli wound up losing the war, that case isn't totally cut and dried. This is actually … Continue reading Today in World War I history: the Gallipoli campaign ends (1916), and the Battle of Rafa (1917)