Running through mcmeekins narrative is the story of that halfmad imperial enterprise, namely, the berlintobaghdad railway. The baghdad railway club is a historical thriller, set in 1917 in mesopotamia now iraq, the eighth book in the jim stringer series. In 1889, a group of german industrialists and bankers, led by deutsche bank, secured a concession from the ottoman government to build a railway through anatolia. It looks at efforts made by imperial germany during the first world war to use its connections with the muslim world to defeat the british empire, including directing an islamic jihad against it. I so enjoy these books im tempted to give each one 4 or 5 stars but judging by the score this book has, i guess his gritty matteroffact style is not to everyones taste.
As soon as belgrade was captured, express trains from berlin began running on the european side of the line. The berlinbaghdad express, by sean mcmeekin the independent. The baghdad railway club you may know andrew martin as an expert on household husbandry. The ottoman empire and germanys bid for world power, 18981918 by mcmeekin, sean isbn. And desperate attempts were made to finish the berlinbaghdad railway. One was the famous, yet incomplete and therefore largely unusable, baghdad railway built by german capital, material and engineers. Highspeed baghdadbasra rail line complete embassy of. Browse the amazon editors picks for the best books of 2019, featuring our. The ottoman empire and germanys bid for world power is a book by sean mcmeekin, first published in 2010. As the first study to document the baghdad railway construction, rather than the rhetoric surrounding it, this work challenges nearly a century of scholarship on german imperialism and ottoman declinescholarship that has too often hinged on the alleged great. Work on the first phase of the railway, which involved an extension of an existing line between haidar pasha and ismid to ankara, was begun in 1888 by the ottoman empire with german financial assistance. After being invalided home from the trenches of ww1 france, captain stringer has a chance meeting with lieutenant colonel shepherd at the railway club in london. I find andrew martins jim stringer books totally absorbing and by chapter 3, the baghdad railway club is no exception. The ottoman empire and germanys bid for world power, 18981918 by sean mcmeekin.
The library of congress does not own rights to material in its collections. Try searching on jstor for other items related to this book. The jubilant mood at railway stations like that in munich are precious yet fragile. The berlinbaghdad railway would have linked germany with her new african colonies, and the trade of goods and agricultural products would benefit from a port on the persian gulf. Berlin to baghdad railway, 1930s film 99504 youtube. Throughout the war, track was laid and new spurs were planned. Full text is unavailable for this digitized archive article. His critically praised jim stringer series began withthe necropolis railway in 2002. Baghdad railway, major rail line connecting istanbul with the persian gulf region. The first railway in iraq opened in 1914 between baghdad and samarra, a distance of 120km. The berlintobaghdad railway is meant to be the imperial backbone of the german mitteleuropa project, a proposed new economic rearrangement of the world that has emerged as a primary german war aim. Files are available under licenses specified on their description page.
About the berlin baghdad railway and the ottoman empire. Of the various issues which confronted europe at the outbreak of the war in 1914, some thought the bagdad railway was the largest single contributing factor. This in turn could provide direct access to middle east oil, and the new german railway. Railway expansion was the great industrial project of the late 19th century, and the great powers built railways at speed and reaped great commercial benefits. Sean mcmeekins book helps us understand how such a pearl of. A map showing the route of the berlinbaghdad railway, june 19.
Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Industrialization, imperial germany and the middle east library of ottoman studies ozyuksel, murat on. Had it had been completed earlier, the berlin baghdad and ultimately basra railway would have enabled transport and trade from germany through a port on the persian gulf, from which trade goods and supplies could be exchanged directly with the farthest of the german colonies, and the world. After decades of war, iraq adds fleet of new trains to its aging railway. Berliner nordbahn is a 223kilometrelong main line route, that runs from berlin via neustrelitz and neubrandenburg to stralsund on the baltic sea coast. The following titles in the series, murder at deviation junction and death on a branch. The book is not as much about the berlinbaghdad railway as it is about germany forming a coalition with muslim ottomans to fight on the eastern front against. Industrialization, imperial germany and the middle east library of ottoman studies. The construction of a railway line from berlin to baghdad was a cornerstone of germanys grab for world power in the years leading up to the first world war. A railway that connected the ottoman city of baghdad to the european city of berlin.
The berlinbaghdad express tells the fascinating story of how germany. Overhead wire for high speed electric railway traction by ikuro kumezawa, cap type insulators made of toughened glass by g. The centrepiece of this endeavour was the famous berlinbaghdad railway, designed to connect the german capital with the ottoman provinces in. Spurned by a handful of german agents in world war i this group sought to bring about a global jihad from north africa to afghanistan.
Railways of iraq news and information about railroads in. This is the plotline of john buchans novel greenmantle, and of sean mcmeekins recent book about the berlinbaghdad railway seen, then, as an artery along which the blood of a new and. Timesmachine is an exclusive benefit for home delivery and digital subscribers. This page was last edited on 5 october 2017, at 00.
The bagdad line, as foreshadowed in the concession of 1893 to the german anatolian railway company, was to be a continuation of the angora branch, of the anatolian railway, through armenia, entering the euphrates valley from the north and avoiding much expensive mountain tunneling and grading. The greatest imperial dream of all was to connect the might of europe to the potential riches of the middle east and the ottoman. Subscribers may view the full text of this article in. A map showing the route of the berlinbaghdad railway. Nowadays, longdistance and regional traffic on the nordbahn is routed at hohen neuendorf onto the berlin outer ring to the karower kreuz and on to berlin main station or berlinlichtenberg. The baghdad railway club books entertainment express. The ottoman empire and germanys bid for world power mcmeekin, sean on. Berlinbaghdad railway project gutenberg selfpublishing. When completed, the railway would integrate the german and ottoman empires and counter the power of their respective rivals, britain and russia. In 1902 the ottoman government granted a german firm the concession to lay new track eastward from ankara to baghdad.
Learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools. As we have seen, germanys connection to this crisis is unexpectedly profound but it is also entirely literala chain of buildings, rails, and human drama linking berlin and baghdad and all points between. This was the first section in present day iraq of the much delayed baghdad railway, intended to connect that city with istanbul, and authorised by the ottoman government at the turn of the century. Promoter of german economic expansion and the berlinbaghdad railway. The new line, known as the southern rail line, runs for about 600 kilometres, and will be used for the transport of passengers and goods.
All structured data from the file and property namespaces is available under the creative commons cc0 license. Baghdad railway article about baghdad railway by the. Therefore, it does not license or charge permission fees for use of such material and cannot grant or deny permission to publish or otherwise distribute the material. Iraqs stateowned railways company recently announced the completion of a new highspeed rail line between baghdad and basra which will connect iraqs central and southern provinces. The real theme of this book is not the berlinbaghdad railway, which receives little attention after the first quarter of the book, but germanys hope to rouse the. The berlin baghdad railway and the outbreak of world war. Sean mcmeekins riveting book tells the tale of two dysfunctional undertakings of the first world war. From the perspective of berlin, the railway was a way to bypass the suez canal.
Al diwaniyah al malqal al qaim aqaba armoured train baghdad baghdad central station baghdad metro bahrain basra bayji book bridge cement commuter trains dem2300 dem2500 dem2700 dem2800 des3100 dhl150 financial times haqlaniyah insurgency iran iraqs railways irr jaffa jerusalem jordan kirkuk kuwait locomotives model narrow gauge pc class photos. Imohr, new electric motor units built for the italian state railways fs and optimum size of large starter batteries obtained by varying the number of cells or the gear ratio by e. Baghdad railway, railroad of international importance linking europe with asia minor and the middle east. It is therefore important that englishmen should acquaint themselves with the past history of the scheme, and. From iraqs checkered past into an uncertain future. The baghdad railway, its completion delayed for 18 years by economic attacks, strugged to be a contributing factor to the turcogerman military forces in the region. But in the days of the siberian system and the cape to cairo scheme, the power in. First world war mystery the eighth installment in the jim skinner series finds the railway detective heads to iraq to gather evidence against a suspected traitor in the. Its a line thats been of strategic importance since it was built as part of the baghdad railway in the. Browse the amazon editors picks for the best books of 2019, featuring our favorite reads in more than a dozen categories. The journey home to germany would have given german industry a direct supply of oil.
It looks at efforts made by imperial germany during the first world war to use its connections with the muslim world to defeat. The baghdad railway club jim stringer andrew martin on. Germany had sought strong economic ties with the ottomans as a way to develop potentially vast new markets for exporting german industrial goods. At first the baghdad railway was but the overland route to india. Although the title addresses the railway the germans planned on building.
The railway was funded and built by the german empire, with the cooperation of the ottoman empire, to link berlin with the ottoman empire city of baghdad with a railway line passing through what are now turkey, syria and iraq. Third in a book rich in antiheroes is abdul hamid ii, ottoman sultan from 1876 to. As sean mcmeekin shows in his riveting new book based on a knowledge not. Baghdad railway train travelling on the way to jerablus, near the present syrianturkish border, and the minor station name is revealed to be boulgourlou january 16th 1909 edition of the graphic reveals this to be the terminus station at the time.
The berlin baghdad railway runs like a thread through the whole. In 1892 germany made the triple alliance with austriahungary and italy, thus creating a centred territorial bloc in europe. Promoter of german economic expansion and the berlin. The line runs from istanbul, turkey, to basra, iraq. Overall, the book proposed a vision of a revived middle east closely connected.
The berlinbaghdad railway and the ottoman empire by murat ozyuksel, 9781780768823, available at book depository with free delivery worldwide. Iraqi republic railways is the state company of iraqi railway is an economical establishment and symbol which contributed and contributed in the economical, civilization and social development of iraq. The ottoman empire and germanys bid for world power. The baghdad railway club by andrew martin deals with baghdad during the great war, and a case of espionage for detective jim stringer. Publication date 1917 topics baghdad railway, eastern question, world war, 19141918 causes, turkey publisher philadelphia. The berlinbaghdad railway runs like a thread through the whole.299 1224 1245 170 920 736 555 944 535 583 1479 1551 954 164 1414 1424 157 1254 170 1578 185 392 1589 391 483 1098 856 125 1585 270 10 1098 1111 1435 1243 432 125 525 297 620 609 873 491 170