Between Two Worlds: The Construction of the Ottoman State / Edition 1

Between Two Worlds: The Construction of the Ottoman State / Edition 1

by Cemal Kafadar
     
 

Cemal Kafadar offers a much more subtle and complex interpretation of the early Ottoman period than that provided by other historians. His careful analysis of medieval as well as modern historiography from the perspective of a cultural historian demonstrates how ethnic, tribal, linguistic, religious, and political affiliations were all at play in the struggle for… See more details below

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Cemal Kafadar offers a much more subtle and complex interpretation of the early Ottoman period than that provided by other historians. His careful analysis of medieval as well as modern historiography from the perspective of a cultural historian demonstrates how ethnic, tribal, linguistic, religious, and political affiliations were all at play in the struggle for power in Anatolia and the Balkans during the late Middle Ages. This highly original look at the rise of the Ottoman empire—the longest-lived political entity in human history—shows the transformation of a tiny frontier enterprise into a centralized imperial state that saw itself as both leader of the world's Muslims and heir to the Eastern Roman Empire.

Author Biography: Cemal Kafadar is Associate Professor of History at Harvard University.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520206007
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
11/07/1996
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
205
Sales rank:
758,327
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Chronology
Introduction1
Background and Overview1
Identity and Influence in the History of Nations19
1The Moderns29
The Rise of the Ottoman State in Modern Historiography29
The Wittek Thesis and Its Critics47
2The Sources60
Gaza and Gazis in the Frontier Narratives of Medieval Anatolia62
The Chronicles of the House of Osman and Their Flavor: Onion or Garlic?90
The Ottomans: The Construction of the Ottoman State118
Strategizing for Alliances and Conflicts: The Early Beglik122
Into the Limelight and the Rise of Tensions138
Epilogue: The Creation of an Imperial Political Technology and Ideology151
List of Abbreviations155
Notes157
Selected Bibliography193
Index209

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