10 MARCH 2013
If the Great War shaped the modern Middle East, it was the Ottoman Front that turned Europe’s conflict in 1914 into a world war. Millions of young men from the Middle East and North Africa were conscripted into the armies of the Central and Allied forces, civilians suffered from wartime shortages, disease and famine. In this event, Oxford historian Eugene Rogan discusses the Great War in Gallipoli, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Arabia, Palestine and Syria with University of Manitoba Professor Jennifer Dueck.
Eugene Rogan is a Fellow of the Middle East Centre at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford. He took his B.A. in economics from Columbia, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Middle Eastern history from Harvard. He taught at Boston College and Sarah Lawrence College before taking up his post in Oxford in 1991, where he teaches the modern history of the Middle East. He is author of The Arabs: A History, which has been translated into ten languages and was named one of the best books of 2009 by The Economist, The Financial Times, and The Atlantic Monthly. He also published The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East which was published in 2015.