For the presentation tonight, I will be showing an online Prezi. Mostly it is photographs to accompany my talk. It may be accessed here. If you are not familiar with Prezi, it is a web-based presentation program that presents on a wide canvas, rather than on linear slides, like PowerPoints.
For those who would like resources on exploring the Ottomans and/or Turkey and the region, here are some I would recommend:
- Donald Quartaert's The Ottoman Empire: 1700-1922 (Cambridge University Press)
- 15 Minute History podcast episodes. This is a link to the index. I would recommend the imperialism ones and the Ottoman empire episodes. All of them are succinct and excellent.
- If you like historical fiction, the novel Birds without Wings by Louis de Bernieres is a great read about a small village, aptly named Eden, at the end of the Ottoman Empire.
- I am currently listening to the audio version of Lawrence in Arabia by Scott Anderson. I am thoroughly enjoying it. The historiography and writing are excellent, and you will learn a great deal about the botching of the Triple Entente's diplomacy and carving up of the Middle East at the end of World War I.
- For today's Middle East and Turkey, I really like these websites: Al Monitor, and the Hurriyet Daily News. Al Monitor has separate sections for different countries/regions.
- The BBC recently did a program on Turkey, the "New Ottomans." I have not seen much of it, but it gives you the idea of the changes Turkey is undergoing and its relationship to the past.