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McMeekin, Sean 1974-

Overview
Works: 27 works in 208 publications in 8 languages and 10,740 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author
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Most widely held works by Sean McMeekin
The Russian origins of the First World War by Sean McMeekin( )

26 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and Turkish and held by 2,201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Argues that Russian ambitions to dismantle the Ottoman Empire explain much about World War I, that is unsatisfactorily explained otherwise
The red millionaire : a political biography of Willi Münzenberg, Moscow's secret propaganda tsar in the West by Sean McMeekin( )

19 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 1,788 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Willi Munzenberg - an Old Bolshevik who was also a self-promoting tycoon - became one of the most influential Communist operatives in Europe between the world wars. From his headquarters in Berlin, he created a variety of front groups that recruited well-known political and cultural figures to work on behalf of the Soviet Union and its causes, and he ran an international empire of newspapers, magazines, and motion picture organizations that churned out enormous amounts of propaganda and raised money for Communist concerns. In this book, Sean McMeekin tells Munzenberg's extraordinary story, arguing persuasively that his financial chicanery and cynical propaganda efforts weakened the non-Communist left, enraged the right, and helped feed a cycle that culminated in Nazism."
July 1914 : countdown to war by Sean McMeekin( Book )

41 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,721 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When a Serbian-backed assassin gunned down Archduke Franz Ferdinand in late June 1914, the world seemed unmoved. Even Ferdinand's own uncle, Franz Josef I, was notably ambivalent about the death of the Hapsburg heir, saying simply, "It is God's will." Certainly, there was nothing to suggest that the episode would lead to conflict much less a world war of such massive and horrific proportions that it would fundamentally reshape the course of human events. As the author, a historian reveals in July 1914, World War I might have been avoided entirely had it not been for a small group of statesmen who, in the month after the assassination, plotted to use Ferdinand's murder as the trigger for a long-awaited showdown in Europe. The primary culprits, moreover, have long escaped blame. While most accounts of the war's outbreak place the bulk of responsibility on German and Austro-Hungarian militarism, the author draws on new evidence from archives across Europe to show that the worst offenders were actually to be found in Russia and France, whose belligerence and duplicity ensured that war was inevitable. Whether they plotted for war or rode the whirlwind nearly blind, each of the men involved, from Austrian Foreign Minister Leopold von Berchtold and German Chancellor Bethmann Hollweg to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Sazonov and French president Raymond Poincare sought to capitalize on the fallout from Ferdinand's murder, unwittingly leading Europe toward the greatest cataclysm it had ever seen. A revolutionary account of the genesis of World War I, this book tells the story of Europe's countdown to war from the bloody opening act on June 28th to Britain's final plunge on August 4th, showing how a single month, and a handful of men changed the course of the twentieth-century
The Berlin-Baghdad express : the Ottoman Empire and Germany's bid for world power by Sean McMeekin( Book )

34 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 1,557 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The modern Middle East was forged in the crucible of the First World War, but few know the full story of how war actually came to the region. As Sean McMeekin reveals in this startling reinterpretation of the war, it was neither the British nor the French but rather a small clique of Germans and Turks who thrust the Islamic world into the conflict for their own political, economic, and military ends. The Berlin-Baghdad Express tells the fascinating story of how Germany exploited Ottoman pan-Islamism in order to destroy the British Empire, then the largest Islamic power in the world. Meanwhile the Young Turks harnessed themselves to German military might to avenge Turkey's hereditary enemy, Russia. Told from the perspective of the key decision-makers on the Turco-German side, many of the most consequential events of World War I -- Turkey's entry into the war, Gallipoli, the Armenian massacres, the Arab revolt, and the Russian Revolution -- are illuminated as never before. Drawing on a wealth of new sources, McMeekin forces us to re-examine Western interference in the Middle East and its lamentable results. It is an epic tragicomedy of unintended consequences, as Turkish nationalists give Russia the war it desperately wants, jihad begets an Islamic insurrection in Mecca, German sabotage plots upend the Tsar delivering Turkey from Russia's yoke, and German Zionism midwifes the Balfour Declaration. All along, the story is interwoven with the drama surrounding German efforts to complete the Berlin to Baghdad railway, the weapon designed to win the war and assure German hegemony over the Middle East. - Publisher
History's greatest heist : the looting of Russia by the Bolsheviks by Sean McMeekin( )

15 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 1,252 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Historians have never resolved a central mystery of the Russian Revolution: How did the Bolsheviks, despite facing a world of enemies and leaving nothing but economic ruin in their path, manage to stay in power through five long years of civil war? In this book, Sean McMeekin draws on previously undiscovered materials from the Soviet Ministry of Finance and other European and American archives to expose some of the darkest secrets of Russia's early days of communism. Building on one archival revelation after another, the author reveals how the Bolsheviks financed their aggression through astonishingly extensive thievery. Their looting included everything from the cash savings of private citizens to gold, silver, diamonds, jewelry, icons, antiques, and artwork."
The Russian Revolution : a new history by Sean McMeekin( Book )

18 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 1,005 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In The Russian Revolution, historian Sean McMeekin traces the origins and events of the Russian Revolution, which ended Romanov rule, ushered the Bolsheviks into power, and changed the course of world history. Between 1900 and 1920, Russia underwent a complete and irreversible transformation: by the end of these two decades, a new regime was in place, the economy had collapsed, and over 20 million Russians had died during the revolution and what followed. Still, Bolshevik power remained intact due to a remarkable combination of military prowess, violent terror tactics, and the failures of their opposition. And as McMeekin shows, Russia's revolutionaries were aided at nearly every step by countries like Germany and Sweden who sought to benefit--politically and economically--from the chaotic changes overtaking the country. The first comprehensive history of these momentous events in a decade, The Russian Revolution combines cutting-edge scholarship and a fast-paced narrative to shed new light on a great turning point of the twentieth century"--Publisher information
The Ottoman endgame : war, revolution, and the making of the modern Middle East, 1908-1923 by Sean McMeekin( Book )

18 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and Italian and held by 982 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Between 1911 and 1923, a series of wars--chief among them World War I--would engulf the Ottoman Empire and its successor states. It is a story we think we know well, but as Sean McMeekin shows us in this revelatory new history, we know far less than we think. Drawing from his years of ground-breaking research in newly opened Ottoman and Russian archives, The Ottoman Endgame brings to light the entire strategic narrative that led to an unstable new order in postwar Middle East--much of which is still felt today"--
The Russian revolution : a new history by Sean McMeekin( Recording )

10 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A comprehensive new history of the history-shaking Russian Revolution, which ended Romanov rule and ushered the Bolsheviks into power
The Ottoman endgame : war, revolution, and the making of the modern Middle East, 1908-1923 by Sean McMeekin( Recording )

6 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Between 1911 and 1923, a series of wars--chief among them World War I--would engulf the Ottoman Empire and its successor states. It is a story we think we know well, but as Sean McMeekin shows us in this revelatory new history, we know far less than we think. Drawing from his years of ground-breaking research in newly opened Ottoman and Russian archives, The Ottoman Endgame brings to light the entire strategic narrative that led to an unstable new order in postwar Middle East--much of which is still felt today
Russlands Weg in den Krieg Der Erste Weltkrieg - Ursprung der Jahrhundertkatastrophe by Sean McMeekin( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in German and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Countdown to war by Sean McMeekin( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is Sean McMeekin's story of Europe's countdown to war in 1914, told through the eyes of men who, even a century later, still seem larger than life. We meet the Habsburg heir Archduke Ferdinand, the fanatical Serbian assassins plotting his murder, and the Austrians seeking to exploit his death, encouraged by Kaiser Wilhelm II
Studies on Voltaire and the eighteenth century : 373( Book )

2 editions published in 1999 in French and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Historically inevitable? : turning points of the Russian Revolution by Tony Brenton( )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

AMarx held that the progression of society from capitalism to communism was 'historically inevitable'. In Russia in 1917, it seemed that Marx's theory was being born out in reality. But was the Russian Revolution really inevitable? This collection of fourteen contributions from the world's leading Russian scholars attempts to answer the question by looking back at the key turning points of the revolution. From the Russo-Japanese conflict of 1904-5 through to the appropriation of church property in 1922, and focusing especially on the incredible chain of events in 1917 leading to the October Revolution itself, -- Historically Inevitable?Featuring contributions from: Donald Crawford - Sean McMeekin - Dominic Lieven - Orlando Figes - Richard Sakwa - Douglas Smith - Martin Sixsmith - Simon Dixon - Boris Kolonitsky - Richard Pipes - Edvard Radzinsky - Catriona Kelly - Erik Landis - Evan Mawdsley
The Ottoman Empire and Germany's bid for world power, 1898-1918 by Sean McMeekin( Book )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Germany sought the Ottoman Empire as an ally to create jihad against the British - whose Empire at the time was the largest Islamic power in the world. This book explores one of the big subjects of the First World War: the German bid for world power - and the destruction of the British Empire - through the harnessing of the Ottoman Empire
Największa grabież w historii : jak bolszewicy złupili Rosję by Sean McMeekin( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in Polish and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rewolucja rosyjska : nowa historia by Sean McMeekin( Book )

1 edition published in 2017 in Polish and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From Beaumarchais to Chénier : the droits d'auteur and the fall of the Comédie française, 1777-1791 by Sean McMeekin( )

in French and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Berlin-Bağdat demiryolu : Almanya'nın dünya hakimiyeti mücadelesi ve Osmanlı İmparatorluğu by Sean McMeekin( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in Turkish and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ekspres Berlin-Bagdad : Kajzer, islam i imperium osmańskie, 1898-1918 by Sean McMeekin( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in Polish and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Berlin-Baghdad express : the Ottoman Empire and Germany's bid for world power by Sean McMeekin( Recording )

2 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

It was not the British or the French but rather a few Germans and Turks who thrust the Islamic world into World War I. Germany exploited Ottoman pan-Islamism in order to destroy the British Empire, while the Young Turks harnessed themselves to German military might to fight Turkeyþs hereditary enemy, Russia. McMeekin weaves events such as Turkeyþs entry into the war, Gallipoli, the Armenian massacres, the Arab revolt, and the Russian Revolution with German efforts to complete the Berlin-Baghdad railway, the weapon designed to win the war and assure German hegemony over the Middle East
 
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The Berlin-Baghdad express : the Ottoman Empire and Germany's bid for world power
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The red millionaire : a political biography of Willi Münzenberg, Moscow's secret propaganda tsar in the WestThe Berlin-Baghdad express : the Ottoman Empire and Germany's bid for world powerHistory's greatest heist : the looting of Russia by the BolsheviksThe Ottoman Empire and Germany's bid for world power, 1898-1918
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Sean McMeekin professeur d'université américain

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שון מקמיקין מרצה באוניברסיטה אמריקאי

Languages
English (175)

German (8)

French (4)

Turkish (3)

Italian (3)

Polish (3)

Spanish (3)

Dutch (1)