Consequences for the Balkans and the Middle East of the Ottoman Empire End Game Lecture by Hugh Duffy
The Ottoman Empire existed in the 14th century. It ended as a consequence of supporting Germany in the First World War. The Empire was an absolute Monarchy. At the height of its power, it was a multinational, multilingual empire. It controlled most of Southeast Europe, parts of Europe, Western Asia, the Caucasus, and North Africa. Constantinople was its capital. The Ottoman Empire was at the centre of interactions between the Eastern and Western worlds for six centuries. This lecture traces the consequences of its ending in 1918. The stream of refugees crossing to Europe in the 21st Century is a manifestation of that collapse. So too is the current Israel/ Palestine conflict and the genocide in Kosovo; which ended in June 1999.
Hugh has been a regular visitor for more than 50 years to his home in Aughrusmore, and has lived there permanently for the past five years. Reading history is his hobby. An accountant by profession, he has a long and varied career that commenced in the early 1950s in Dublin County Council. He moved to the Dublin Health Authority and then to RTÉ, where he worked from its inception until 1970. He has worked in the handbag manufacturing business, in Ryan’s Hotel, Dunkeld Holdings, Swan Tours, the Catholic Communication Institute, and the Irish Music Rights Organisation.