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Mehmed V
Mehmed V
Historical Figure
Nationality: Turkey
Date of Birth: 1844
Date of Death: 1918
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Religion: Islam
Spouse: Five
Children: Several
House: Osman
Political Office(s): Sultan of the Ottoman Empire
Caliph of Islam
Turtledove Appearances:
Southern Victory
POD: September 10, 1862
Appearance(s): American Front
through
Blood and Iron
Type of Appearance: Contemporary references (unnamed)
Mehmed V Reshad (2 November 1844 – 3 July 1918) was the 35th Ottoman Sultan, reigning from 1909-1918. He also served as the Caliph of Empire. Mehmed personally wielded very little actual authority in his country. His reign coincided with World War I, which his country entered on the side of the Central Powers. It is also during his reign that the Armenian genocide began.

Mehmed died months before the war ended, and he did not live to see his empire's collapse.

Mehmed V in Southern VictoryEdit

Mehmed V's reign over the Ottoman Empire included the years of the Great War. His country joined the Central Powers, and did emerge victorious, even if the actual benefit to the Ottomans was minor.[1]

Mehmed died a year after the Great War ended. The Ottoman Empire had begun massacring Armenians in Mehmed's reign, a practice that continued into the end of the next decade.[2]

Literary CommentEdit

Mehmed V is not specifically referenced in text, but simply referred to as "the Sultan". The fact that Abdul Majid II is confirmed to be Sultan in The Center Cannot Hold suggests that his historical predecessor, Mehmed, held the throne.

ReferencesEdit

Regnal titles
(OTL)
Preceded by
Abdulhamid II
Sultan of the Ottoman Empire
1909-1918
Succeeded by
Mehmed VI
Religious titles
(OTL)
Preceded by
Abdulhamid II
Caliph
1909-1918
Succeeded by
Mehmed VI

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