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The Ottoman Culture of Defeat: The Balkan Wars and their Aftermath

Eyal Ginio


This book deals with military defeat and national catastrophe, and their implications for society. When the First Balkan War broke out in October 1912, few Ottomans anticipated that it would prove to be a watershed moment for the Empire, ending in atrocities, ignominy, national catastrophe, and the loss of its remaining provinces in the Balkans. Defeat at the hands of an alliance of Balkan states comprising Bulgaria, Greece, Serbia and Montenegro created deep national trauma and led to bitter soul-searching, giving rise to a so-called “Culture of Defeat” in which condemnation, exclusion of the ... More

Keywords: Culture of defeat, National catastrophe, Military defeat, Ottomanism, National trauma, Atrocities, National rejuvenation, Minority exclusion, Minorities, World War One

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190264031
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190264031.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eyal Ginio, author
Hebrew University of Jerusalem