Vintage: Historic B&W photos of Middle East (19th Century)

Vintage: Historic B&W photos of Middle East (19th Century)

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Large parts of the Middle East became a warground between the Ottomans and Iranian Safavids for centuries starting in the early 16th century. By 1700, the Ottomans had been driven out of Hungary and the balance of power along the frontier had shifted decisively in favor of the West. The British also established effective control of the Persian Gulf, and the French extended their influence into Lebanon and Syria. In 1912, the Italians seized Libya and the Dodecanese islands, just off the coast of the Ottoman heartland of Anatolia. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Middle Eastern rulers tried to modernize their states to compete more effectively with the European powers. A turning point in the history of the Middle East came when oil was discovered, first in Persia in 1908 and later in Saudi Arabia (in 1938) and the other Persian Gulf states, and also in Libya and Algeria. A Western dependence on Middle Eastern oil and the decline of British influence led to a growing American interest in the region.

The street called straight, Damascus, Holy Land, (Syria)

The street called straight, Damascus, Holy Land, (Syria)

Wall over which St. Paul escaped, Damascus, Holy Land, (Syria)

Wall over which St. Paul escaped, Damascus, Holy Land, (Syria)

General view, with Lebanon in the distance, Beyrout, Holy Land, (Beirut, Lebanon)

General view, with Lebanon in the distance, Beyrout, Holy Land, (Beirut, Lebanon)

General view, Tyre, Holy Land, (Lebanon)

General view, Tyre, Holy Land, (Lebanon)

Bedouins of the Jordan District, Holy Land

Bedouins of the Jordan District, Holy Land

The River Jordan, Holy Land

The River Jordan, Holy Land

Vieux Caire et Citadelle

Vieux Caire et Citadelle

Kairo, marchands de victuailles

Kairo, marchands de victuailles

Kairo, Shepheard's Hotel, concert militaire

Kairo, Shepheard’s Hotel, concert militaire

Kara-Keui (Galata) bridge, Constantinople, Turkey

Kara-Keui (Galata) bridge, Constantinople, Turkey

Cook in the rue de Stamboul, Constantinople, Turkey

Cook in the rue de Stamboul, Constantinople, Turkey

Yeni Cami mosque and Eminönü bazaar, Constantinople, Turkey

Yeni Cami mosque and Eminönü bazaar, Constantinople, Turkey

Kara-Keui (Galata) and view of Pera, Constantinople, Turkey

Kara-Keui (Galata) and view of Pera, Constantinople, Turkey

Téhéran. Famille Persane

Téhéran. Famille Persane

Femme Persane

Femme Persane

Port Said, grande rue dans l'Arabie

Port Said, grande rue dans l’Arabie


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