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ERLS: To Save an Empire Novel Ottoman History Lecture, Book Signing

June 11, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Embassy Row Lecture Series: To Save an Empire: A Novel of Ottoman History by Alan R. Gall

Lecture on Ottoman History and Book Signing

When Russia invades the Ottoman Empire in 1877, Sultan Abdulhamit is forced into war to protect and preserve the Empire’s ethnically diverse territories that stretch across three continents. But, at home he feels his executive powers are paralyzed by the Ottoman Grand Vizier Mithat Pasha, an influential reformer, who has popular support to bring a constitutional monarchy to the Empire.

To Save an Empire explores the impact of religious and ethnic conflict in the Ottoman Empire of the late 19th century on the lives of ordinary people—Muslims, Christians, and Jews. Refugees flee atrocities that incite revenge, but also arouse charity and love. A story of love found and lost, of war and its consequences. Today’s Balkans and Middle East emerge from the era’s political forces of terrorism, imperialism, nationalism, and religion. It is a modern story.

“Gall narrates an impressively researched tale of the waning Ottoman Empire set in the late 19th century. Following the fateful tale of the last truly ensconced Ottoman sultan, Abdülhamit II, the novel weaves through stories of palace intrigue, great power struggles and romance.” Washington Report on Middle East Affairs – Review

To Save an Empire will be available for purchase and signing.

Closest parking garage: 11 Dupont Circle, NW Washington, DC.
Street parking on surrounding streets also available.


Turkish House
1526 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036 United States
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