Blood and Oil: The Middle East in World War I


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Blood and Oil: The Middle East in World War I is a 2006 documentary directed by Marty Callaghan that looks into the military and political events that unfolded in the Middle East during and after World War I to understand why this region has been so unstable since then.

The first part presents how the Ottoman Empire got involved in World War I and the military clashes in the Middle East mostly between the British and French on one side and the Ottoman Empire on the other. Although the British and French didn't succeed in obtaining a fast victory, the Ottoman Empire finally surrendered in 1918, which led to its dissolution and the birth of the Turkish Republic and several other states under British and French control.

Marty Callaghan argues that the World War I peace treaty and the way the victors decided to share their influence in the Middle East, led more by their desire to control oil resources and key strategical areas rather than by the actual social and religious realities are what made the Middle East the highly unstable region it has been throughout the twentieth century and right to the present days.

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rating 7.4 / 10
category History
year 2006
duration 1 hr 54 mins
added February 25, 2018

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