Ryan Gingeras’s The Last Days of the Ottoman Empire is one of the most comprehensive recently published studies on the dissolution of the Ottoman state. In this study, Gingeras focuses on that critical period from the signing of the Mudros Armistice to the departure of the last Ottoman sultan from Istanbul and the declaration of the Republic of Turkey in October 1923, which is frequently referred to in the historiography as the Armistice period. He explores the diplomatic, social, political, and demographic processes that led to the collapse of the Empire. Published in 2022, as we approach the centenary of the Republic, this comprehensive study provides insights into the important aspects of the transition from empire to nation-state drawing on a rich collection of archival sources.

The Last Days of the Ottoman Empire consists of an introduction and six chapters. The introduction sets out the main themes and concerns of...

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