Games of Empire: The years That Shaped Europe and Middle East

Games of Empire: The years That Shaped Europe and Middle East

The last great game of period of empire is penned by the world-renowned historian, Norman Stone. This was such a game everyone and everything involved changed afterwards. How did European empires that coveted on territories of Ottoman, which was the world’s ruling power 100 years ago, become today’s nation states? “The greatest hallucination of all in 1914 was the common war aim: empire. In 1919, the British and French were supremely confident as to its importance. They added great swaths of land to their already vast possessions (as the Germans would have done at Russia’s expense, and as the Italians would have done had anyone let them). Empires were supposed to make you rich, and you could export your surplus population to them, there to exploit the natives and supply cheap raw materials for the metropolis while also forming a captured market. In 1914, the last great theatre for imperial operations lay in the Middle East, where the Ottoman Empire seemed to be on the verge of dissolution — and, therefore, up for grabs.”

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The last great game of period of empire is penned by the world-renowned historian, Norman Stone. This was such a game everyone and everything involved changed afterwards. How did European empires that coveted on territories of Ottoman, which was the world’s ruling power 100 years ago, become today’s nation states? “The greatest hallucination of all in 1914 was the common war aim: empire. In 1919, the British and French were supremely confident as to its importance. They added great swaths of land to their already vast possessions (as the Germans would have done at Russia’s expense, and as the Italians would have done had anyone let them). Empires were supposed to make you rich, and you could export your surplus population to them, there to exploit the natives and supply cheap raw materials for the metropolis while also forming a captured market. In 1914, the last great theatre for imperial operations lay in the Middle East, where the Ottoman Empire seemed to be on the verge of dissolution — and, therefore, up for grabs.”

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