The berlin baghdad express the ottoman empire and germanys bid for world power 1898 1918 ebook mcmeekin sean amazonca kindle store. The berlin baghdad express tells the history of the orient express being built and how this transformed into a german bid to launch a pan arab jihad under the caphalite of the ottoman empire in constantinople spurned by a handful of german agents in world war i this group sought to bring about a global jihad from north africa to afghanistan. Through the berlin baghdad express sean mcmeekin provides an interesting perspective into how the german alliance with turkey during wwi changed history and how events that occurred as a result of this alliance strongly impact our world to this very day. Following the collapse of the turco german position in arabia the caucasus persia and the sinai in 1916 it was obvious to everyone in constantinople that the turkish goal of restoring the old ottoman borders let alone expanding the empire further was a pipe dream even the surrender of townshends garrison at kut el amara had merely slowed down the anglo indian advance into mesopotamia . The construction of a railway line from berlin to baghdad was a cornerstone of germanys grab for world power in the years leading up to the first world war when completed the railway would integrate the german and ottoman empires and counter the power of their respective rivals britain and russia eventually the track was to run all the way to the port of basra on the persian gulf from
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