The Ottoman Mobilization of Manpower in the First World War (Leiden-Boston: Brill, 2012). XIII + 346 p. The fifty-second volume of the now classic Brill series on the Ottoman Empire and its Heritage is a study by a young scholar on a crucial aspect of the logistics behind the Ottoman war effort during World War I. Given the relative dearth of solid scholarly works on Ottoman participation in the Great War, this is obviously a most welcome contribution to an understudied moment of late Ottoman history. Yet the specificity of the subject treated makes it even more invaluable. Indeed, as the title clearly indicates, this is an in-depth study of one particular and completely ignored aspect of the conflict, that of the mobilization and conscription of men to meet the challenge of a war that very rapidly grew out of proportions. Given the fact that the Great War ended with a total collapse of the Empire in the wake of a series of military defeats, one could expect that this study should address the issue of a major failure. While it is to a large extent true that M. Beşikçi’s monograph is a detailed account of one of
Studia Islamica – Brill
Published: Jun 10, 2014
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