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A Peace to End All Peace, 20th Anniversary Edition: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East Paperback – 21 Jul 2009

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  • Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Holt McDougal; 20th Anniversary ed. edition (21 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805088091
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805088090
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 3 x 20.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 272,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Wonderful...No book published in recent years has more lasting relevance to our understanding of the Middle East."--Jack Miles, "Los Angeles Book Review"
"Extraordinarily ambitious, provocative and vividly written...Fromkin unfolds a gripping tale of diplomatic double-dealing, military incompetence and political upheaval."--Reid Beddow, "Washington Post Book World"
"Ambitious and splendid...An epic tale of ruin and disillusion...of great men, their large deeds and even larger follies."--Fouad Ajami, "The Wall Street Journal"
"[It] achieves an ideal of historical writing: its absorbing narrative not only recounts past events but offers a useful way to think about them....The book demands close attention and repays it. Much of the information here was not available until recent decades, and almost every page brings us news about a past that troubles the present."--Naomi Bliven," The New Yorker"

"One of the first books to take an effective panoramic view of what was happening, not only in Egypt, Palestine, Turkey, and the Arab regions of Asia but also in Afghanistan and central Asia....Readers will come away from "A Peace to End All Peace" not only enlightened but challenged--challenged in a way that is brought home by the irony of the title."--"The New York Times Book Review"

Wonderful...No book published in recent years has more lasting relevance to our understanding of the Middle East. "Jack Miles, Los Angeles Book Review"

Extraordinarily ambitious, provocative and vividly written...Fromkin unfolds a gripping tale of diplomatic double-dealing, military incompetence and political upheaval. "Reid Beddow, Washington Post Book World"

Ambitious and splendid...An epic tale of ruin and disillusion...of great men, their large deeds and even larger follies. "Fouad Ajami, The Wall Street Journal"

[It] achieves an ideal of historical writing: its absorbing narrative not only recounts past events but offers a useful way to think about them....The book demands close attention and repays it. Much of the information here was not available until recent decades, and almost every page brings us news about a past that troubles the present. "Naomi Bliven, The New Yorker"

One of the first books to take an effective panoramic view of what was happening, not only in Egypt, Palestine, Turkey, and the Arab regions of Asia but also in Afghanistan and central Asia....Readers will come away from "A Peace to End All Peace" not only enlightened but challenged--challenged in a way that is brought home by the irony of the title. "The New York Times Book Review""

About the Author

David Fromkin is a professor at Boston University and the author of several acclaimed books of nonfiction, including The King and the Cowboy: Theodore Roosevelt and Edward the Seventh, Secret Partners. He lives in New York City.


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Who will become the Edward Gibbon of the British Empire? How many volumes will be required to chronicle the expansion and decline of the Anglo-Norman people in their globe-girdling endeavour? How many different nations and cultures came under their domination or control? Will that historian see the first signs of the Empire's decline in its dismemberment of a rival empire - the Ottoman? Britain's last imperial thrusts occurred while it was embroiled in a global war - the "war to end all war". The irony of this title lies in that Britain's expansion into the Middle East resulted in turning an icon of stability into today's cockpit of conflicting interests.
Fromkin, while not the BE's "Gibbon", exquisitely details the last expansionary gasp of Britain's global realm. Opening with the early years of the Twentieth Century, he explains how the outbreak of war in 1914 triggered vast changes in the Middle East. The events on the "Western Front" fade almost into obscurity behind the intrigues to partition the Ottoman Empire. He carefully examines the international competition over what appeared to be useless desert. Nearly every European power sought control of the trade routes into the Far East. Russia, long in quest of the Dardanelles as a route to the Mediterranean and beyond, naturally clashed with the British Empire. France, although Britain's ally, remained a trade competitor.
Although the phrase "Balance of Power" was often used to typify the international situation prior to WWI, the reality was that Britain dominated the seas. Retaining that situation was fundamental to British policy-making. There had already been clashes in Afghanistan, gateway to India from the north.
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By A Customer on 25 Nov. 2000
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This is undoubtedly the best book that I ever read concerning present day Near and Middle East. Written from a British perspective, it covers the crucial years of the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire, to include Lawrence of Arabia, the Balfour Declaration and the birth of modern Turkey. Supported by thorough and flawless historical research, including extensive access to previously overlooked archive material, this book has none of the too often simplistic and ideologically prejudged approach of many other texts on the same issues. A must read for all those who have a real interest in the birth of the Arab-Jewish conflict and, more in general, the various Middle East conflicts
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By A Customer on 12 Aug. 2003
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A Peace to end all Peace is a comprehensive overview of the firth world war in the Middle East. A war has rarely transformed a region so decisivley as was here the case and to follow the meanders of British Middle East policy up to, during and in the aftermath of the 20th century's first Great War, realizing the effects that haphazard or contradictory decisions have had on a whole region and its inhabitants for the century since is a truly fascinating and higly svary read. David Fromkin choses to focus his study on the person of Winston Churchill but also features characters known to us from polular culture, such as "Lawrence of Arabia" and those famous for behind the scenes-work as Sir Mark Sykes (even though I had yet to realize before reading this book just quite how "behind-the-scenes" it was...).
A recommended read for anyone with a genuine interest in the modern history of the Middle East, of the developments of the First World War or of aspects of foreign policy decision-making.
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This is a first class, detailed analysis of how the Middle East as we know it today was formed. An absolute must read on the subject.

I would highly recommend for a thorough grounding in this subject that this book is read together with Efraim Karsh's "Empires Of The Sands; The Struggle For Mastery Of the Mid-East, 1789 - 1923".

Recent events have shown that, whether we like it or not, matters pertaining to the region are going to affect us all in one way or another. With this in mind, it is disturbing that most people possess an overwhelming, innocent, ignorance or apathy in relation to the background of the region and the context of ongoing disputes and military struggles.
This book provides an excellent public service in bringing essential information to the public's attention.
Anyone interested in the Middle East should acquire a copy of this work. Without books like this, such an ignorance of regional matters such as the Palestinian-Israeli issue and Islamic Fundamentalism can give rise to a distorted understanding of these matters, making the public at large so vulnerable to disinformation and propaganda. The value of this study cannot be overlooked.

The author covers the hatreds, disputes, rivalries, vested self-interests and hidden agendas of those individuals and nations involved and responsible for carving out and mapping the region during the post First World War years. The decision making process is covered in detail with reference to recently opened archives of hitherto official secret documents and private papers.

This is essential reading for an accurate comprehension of the region.
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