A Brief History of the Late Ottoman Empire / Edition 1

A Brief History of the Late Ottoman Empire / Edition 1

by M. Sukru Hanioglu
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691134529

ISBN-13: 9780691134529

Pub. Date: 02/25/2008

Publisher: Princeton University Press

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…  See more details below

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691134529
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
02/25/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures ix

Acknowledgments xi

Note on Transliteration, Place Names, and Dates xiii

Introduction 1

Chapter 1: The Ottoman Empire at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century 6

Chapter 2: Initial Ottoman Responses to the Challenge of Modernity 42

Chapter 3: The Dawn of the Age of Reform 55

Chapter 4: The Tanzimat Era 72

Chapter 5: The Twilight of the Tanzimat and the Hamidian Regime 109

Chapter 6: From Revolution to Imperial Collapse: The Longest Decade of the Late Ottoman Empire 150

Conclusion 203

Further Reading in Major European Languages 213

Bibliography 217

Index 231

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