Join us on March 17th 10:00am ET on Facebook Live to discuss World War I and the Making of the Modern Middle East with Professor Yiğit Akın. Dr. Akın is Associate Professor and Carter V. Findley Professor of Ottoman and Turkish History. Yiğit earned his Ph.D. at the Ohio State University in 2011 and he is a specialist in the history of the modern Middle East. His research interests include social and cultural history of the late Ottoman Empire and early Republican Turkey, with a particular focus on the First World War and its aftermath, war and society, nationalism, and social movements. Before joining the faculty at Ohio State, Dr. Akın taught at the College of Charleston and Tulane University where he received the university’s highest teaching award, the Weiss Presidential Award for Undergraduate Teaching.
World War One and how it affected the Middle East is one of the major keys to understanding the region. Dr. Akın will discuss his second book, When the War Came Home: The Ottomans’ Great War and the Devastation of an Empire (Stanford, 2018), which examines the social and cultural dimensions of Ottoman society’s catastrophic experience of the First World War and analyzes the impact of the war on the empire’s civilian population. When the War Came Home was named a 2018 Choice Award for Outstanding Academic Title and won the 2019 Tomlinson Book Prize for the best work of history in English on World War One, awarded by the World War One Historical Association.