Histories on the Edge: "The Berlin - Baghdad Railway and the Ottoman Empire, Industrialization, Imperial Germany and the Middle East"
In the era of globalization and Great Power rivalry before World War I, construction of railroads not only provided access to raw materials and markets, it was also a means for Germany, Great Britain and France to carve spheres of influence especially in the Middle East. The Ottoman government was also interested in railroad construction in order to bring about political centralization and economic development. Each project unfolded through many stages of coalitions, negotiations and high-level politics. So it can be claimed that reading the late Ottoman history through railways is one of the best way to comprehend it.
This talk is the eight session of the UBC History Department's Colloquium Series 2017 - 2018: Histories on the Edge.
About the Presenter
Dr. Murat Özyüksel is a visiting professor of History at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.