The Middle East and the West: WWI and Beyond : NPR

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World War I completed the European takeover of the Ottoman Empire’s territories in the Middle East, and the region’s modern boundaries emerged.

Greg Russak‘s insight:

There was no such place as Syria, Iraq, Iran, or Saudi Arabia until after World War I. There also wasn’t an organization called The Muslim Brotherhood until after the fall of the Ottoman Empire. I think it helps to understand the present day dilemas in a context that accounts for the past. And, not far-flung distant past. The World Wars of the 20th century are still part of "living" memory, especially by those who were vanquished and subjugated. 

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