The complex political and cultural relationship between the German state and the Ottoman Empire is explored through the lens of the Ottoman Railway network, its architecture, and material culture With lines extending from Bosnia to Baghdad to Medina, the Ottoman Railway Network 18681919 was the pride of the empire and its ultimate emblem of modernizationyet it was largely designed and bankrolled by German corporations This exemplifies a uniquely ambiguous colonial condition in which the interests of Germany and the Ottoman Empire were in constant flux German capitalists and cultural figures sought influence in the Near East, including access to archaeological sites such asTell Halaf and Mshatta At the same time, Ottoman leaders and laborers urgently pursued imperial consolidation Germany and the Ottoman Railways explores the impact of these political agendas as well as the railways impact on the built environment Relying on a trove of previously unpublished archival materials, including maps, plans, watercolors, and photographs, author Peter H Christensen also reveals the significance of this major infrastructure project for the budding disciplines of geography, topography, art history, and archaeology....
|Title||:||Germany and the Ottoman Railways: Art, Empire, and Infrastructure|
|Publisher||:||Yale University Press October 24, 2017|
|Number of Pages||:||204 pages|
|File Size||:||594 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Germany and the Ottoman Railways: Art, Empire, and Infrastructure Reviews
Dr. Christensen's book is a truly fascinating history. It speaks to the early stages of globalization, before the word existed, and the extension of modern devices, in this case railroads, into less modern reaches of the world--in this case the Ottoman Empire before World War I. It is a great and fascinating history--except for some academic silliness. That silliness has to do with the good author's fixation on the idea of "ambiguation," which, in essence is the thought that the motives and actions of individuals and institutions have more than one foundation and that what is most important is ambiguous. No news there, really, in my view. But the history of railroad development in the middle east, the contextualization of that history in the colonial races of Germany, Austria, and England is absolutely fascinating and important in the understanding of modernization in the middle east.