SOAS University of London

Prof Ben Fortna Inaugural Lecture: Life During Wartime: Esref Bey and the End of the Ottoman Empire

Ben Fortna
Professor Benjamin Fortna

Date: 25 April 2012Time: 6:30 PM

Finishes: 25 April 2012Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Inaugural Lecture

The lecture will present the traumatic final years of the Ottoman Empire through the controversial life of Eşref Bey, a field officer close to the Unionist leadership who was involved in each of the empire’s last wars: in Libya, in the Balkans, in the Great War and in the fighting that eventually
produced the Turkish Republic.

Benjamin Fortna is Professor of the History of the Middle East. He holds degrees from Yale, Columbia and the University of Chicago. His teaching and research is devoted to the social, cultural and political history of the late Ottoman Empire and the Turkish Republic.

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