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Posted April 2, 2010
Goffman's book is great for students of the Ottoman Empire as well as for students of European, and especially Mediterranean, history. It can help in changing some very common and very wrong notions of the relations between the Ottoman Empire and the rest of Europe. It focuses on the commerce and culture exchanges, rather than on wars. It also has good introductory chapters about the structure of the Ottoman Empire.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The writing is very clear. This book can serve as a good introduction to the subject. It also has a useful bibliography at the end, for further reading (it should be noted that since the publication of this book, some other works on this subject were published, which naturally do not appear in this bibliography, but it is still a good start).