Europe's Steppe Frontier, 1500-1800

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In Europe’s Steppe Frontier, acclaimed historian William H. McNeill analyzes the process whereby the thinly occupied grasslands of southeastern Europe were incorporated into the bodies-social of three great empires: the Ottoman, the Austrian, and the Russian. McNeill benefits from a New World detachment from the bitter nationality quarrels of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century which inspired but also blinded most of the historians of the region. Moreover, the unique institutional adjustments ...
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Overview

In Europe’s Steppe Frontier, acclaimed historian William H. McNeill analyzes the process whereby the thinly occupied grasslands of southeastern Europe were incorporated into the bodies-social of three great empires: the Ottoman, the Austrian, and the Russian. McNeill benefits from a New World detachment from the bitter nationality quarrels of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century which inspired but also blinded most of the historians of the region. Moreover, the unique institutional adjustments southeastern Europeans made to the frontier challenge cast indirect light upon the peculiarities of the North American frontier experience.
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Historical Journal

“To say that this is the best available introduction to the international history of Eastern Europe may sound to the author a left-handed compliment. . . . Perhaps McNeill himself will oblige us with a sequel.”–Historical Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226561523
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 10/30/2011
  • Series: Midway Reprint Ser.
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 1,034,415
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

William H. McNeill is the Robert A. Millikan Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in the Department of History and the College at the University of Chicago. In 2009 he was awarded the National Humanities Medal for his work as a teacher, scholar, and author. His many books include The Pursuit of Power, The Rise of the West, and Mythistory and Other Essays, all published by the University of Chicago Press. 

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Table of Contents


CHAPTER ONE
INTRODUCTION

CHAPTER TWO
OTTOMAN ADVANCE
to 1570

CHAPTER THREE
TIME OF TROUBLES
1570- 165°

CHAPTER FOUR
THE VICTORY OF BUREAUCRATIC EMPIRE
1650-1740

CHAPTER FIVE
THE CLOSURE OF THE FRONTIER
1740-1800

BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ESSAY

INDEX

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