A Brief History of the Late Ottoman Empire

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Princeton University Press, 8 mar 2010 - 264 pagine

At the turn of the nineteenth century, the Ottoman Empire straddled three continents and encompassed extraordinary ethnic and cultural diversity among the estimated thirty million people living within its borders. It was perhaps the most cosmopolitan state in the world--and possibly the most volatile. A Brief History of the Late Ottoman Empire now gives scholars and general readers a concise history of the late empire between 1789 and 1918, turbulent years marked by incredible social change.

Moving past standard treatments of the subject, M. Sükrü Hanioglu emphasizes broad historical trends and processes more than single events. He examines the imperial struggle to centralize amid powerful opposition from local rulers, nationalist and other groups, and foreign powers. He looks closely at the socioeconomic changes this struggle wrought and addresses the Ottoman response to the challenges of modernity. Hanioglu shows how this history is not only essential to comprehending modern Turkey, but is integral to the histories of Europe and the world. He brings Ottoman society marvelously to life in all its facets--cultural, diplomatic, intellectual, literary, military, and political--and he mines imperial archives and other documents from the period to describe it as it actually was, not as it has been portrayed in postimperial nationalist narratives. A Brief History of the Late Ottoman Empire is a must-read for anyone seeking to understand the legacy left in this empire's ruins--a legacy the world still grapples with today.


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A in depth work on the late Ottoman history which enables the reader to have an understanding not only of the rise of modern Turkey and the middle east, but also of the interplay between the European powers and the Ottoman Empire. Leggi recensione completa


1 The Ottoman Empire at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century
2 Initial Ottoman Responses to the Challenge of Modernity
3 The Dawn of the Age of Reform
4 The Tanzimat Era
5 The Twilight of the Tanzimat and the Hamidian Regime
The Longest Decade of the Late Ottoman Empire
Further Reading in Major European Languages

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M. Sükrü Hanioğlu is the Garrett Professor in Foreign Affairs and professor of Near Eastern studies at Princeton University. He is the author of Preparation for a Revolution and The Young Turks in Opposition.

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