The Ottoman Age of Exploration

The Ottoman Age of Exploration

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by Giancarlo Casale
     
 

In 1517, the Ottoman Sultan Selim "the Grim" conquered Egypt and brought his empire for the first time in history into direct contact with the trading world of the Indian Ocean. During the decades that followed, the Ottomans became progressively more engaged in the affairs of this vast and previously unfamiliar region, eventually to the point of launching

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In 1517, the Ottoman Sultan Selim "the Grim" conquered Egypt and brought his empire for the first time in history into direct contact with the trading world of the Indian Ocean. During the decades that followed, the Ottomans became progressively more engaged in the affairs of this vast and previously unfamiliar region, eventually to the point of launching a systematic ideological, military and commercial challenge to the Portuguese Empire, their main rival for control of the lucrative trade routes of maritime Asia.

The Ottoman Age of Exploration is the first comprehensive historical account of this century-long struggle for global dominance, a struggle that raged from the shores of the Mediterranean to the Straits of Malacca, and from the interior of Africa to the steppes of Central Asia. Based on extensive research in the archives of Turkey and Portugal, as well as materials written on three continents and in a half dozen languages, it presents an unprecedented picture of the global reach of the Ottoman state during the sixteenth century. It does so through a dramatic recounting of the lives of sultans and viziers, spies, corsairs, soldiers-of-fortune, and women from the imperial harem. Challenging traditional narratives of Western dominance, it argues that the Ottomans were not only active participants in the Age of Exploration, but ultimately bested the Portuguese in the game of global politics by using sea power, dynastic prestige, and commercial savoir faire to create their own imperial dominion throughout the Indian Ocean.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195377828
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
02/25/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction: An Empire of the Mind
Chapter One: Selim the Navigator (1512-1520)
Chapter Two: Ibrahim Pasha and the Age of Reconnaissance (1520-1536)
Chapter Three: Hadim Suleiman Pasha's World War (1536-1544)
Chapter Four: Rustem Pasha vs. the Indian Ocean Faction (1544-1561)
Chapter Five: Sokollu Mehmed Pasha and the Apogee of Ottoman Power in the Indian Ocean (1561-1579)
Chapter Six: A Man, A Plan, A Canal: Mir Ali Beg's Expeditions to the Swahili Coast (1579-1589)
Chapter Seven: The Death of Politics
Bibliography of Cited Works

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