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Delves deeper into the conflict and provides viewers with background on how the Middle East became the fractious, violent region it is today. --Cheryl Cheng, Video Business

s Islamic extremism an outcropping of a botched World War I endgame? Blood and Oil The Middle East in World War I methodically recounts how Britain and France carved up the Middle East to suit their political and economic needs and traces the aftermath of these decisions including how resentment toward Europe s policies helped foster Muslim nationalism and, eventually, extremism. --John Latchem, Home Media Retailing

A thorough documentary. Gives you the sense of how long the West has been fighting in the Middle East. --Joshua Berlow, The Cynicism of Diogenes

About the Actor

Marty CallaghanÂ’s credits include Pearl Harbor: America Taken by Surprise, the Archives of War series and The 20th Century: A Moving Visual History. He played a key role in publishing Tom ClancyÂ’s first novel, The Hunt for Red October and his writings have been published in various magazines, such as Naval History, Sailing and the U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings. Callaghan's work has been recognized by the International Documentary Association in Los Angeles.

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  • Actors: -
  • Directors: Marty Callaghan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Janson Media
  • DVD Release Date: March 23, 2010
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003BNCMUE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,523 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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An excellent rendition of Middle East history with the focus on World War 1 and the fall of the Ottoman Empire. Its military history regarding primarily Britain, France, Germany, Russia and what was to become Turkey is beautifully interwoven with concurrent political developments of the period. The historical backdrop rendered dispels any mystery those less informed might entertain regarding the mess the Middle East has found itself in since World War 1. Any criticism of this documentary as to its lack of detail regarding more contemporary developments in the Middle East might remember the documentary's title and thus, its intended focus. The criticism that the documentary doesn't place enough emphasis on oil and its influence on the events depicted is silly and not supported by a careful viewing of this fine documentary.
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The producers of this DVD did not accurately entitle the work inasmuch as there is a lot of blood but not much about oil and it is true that the viewer will not get much insight into the US intervention in Iraq and why that intervention sputtered so badly. It is also true that the treatment of the Ottoman Empire and Turkey takes a Turkish slant in not even mentioning the Armenian genocide. Except for the last 10-15 minutes, which presents a superficial summary of events in the Middle East after 1924, the documentary is worth watching notwithstanding limitations. The film footage is worth watching and the recouning of events in the various sub-theatres ot the WW! in the Middle East (Caucasus, Gallipoli, SInai, Mesopotamia, Hejaz) holds the viewers interest.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Neal Hoesing on August 1, 2014
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Didn't live up to its potential billing. We all need to take this DVD seriously, though, if we are able to put it into a historical context.
Our "allies", France and Britain, made huge mistakes around the time of WW1, even if at great sacrifice to themselves. We are still dealing with the aftermath today. However, the video gets bogged down in repetitious recitations of military campaigns, without putting any of it into a larger, relevant context until the very, very end.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Monfort on August 9, 2011
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This video is thorough and gives excellent Middle East background as far as recent history goes. It also depicts the shortcomings of human and political decisions in light of conflicting national interests. However I believe the roots of this particular conflict are deeply embedded in past millennia before the Western World began its consumption of oil.
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