Ottoman Warfare 1500-1700 / Edition 1

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Ottoman Warfare is an impressive and original examination of the Ottoman military machine, detailing its success in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. Focusing primarily on the evolution of the Ottoman military organization and its subsequent impact on Ottoman society in a period of change, the book redresses the historiographical imbalance in the existing literature, analyzing why the Ottomans were the focus of such intense military concern.Several books have been written on the fiscal, technological, tactical, and political dimensions of Ottoman military history; little has been attempted, however, to recreate or evoke the physical and psychological realities of war as experienced by Ottoman soldiers. Rhoads Murphey seeks to rectify this imbalance, favoring operational matters and providing a detailed study of a number of campaigns: we are offered, for example, vivid descriptions of life in the trenches with the diggers at Baghdad in 1638, who dug a total of five miles at 50 yards a day. Murphey's analysis does not focus on the Ottoman's success or failure in particular campaigns per se; he focuses on understanding the actual process of how the Ottoman military machine worked.This long-awaited work will become the definitive study of Ottoman warfare in the early modern period, and will be invaluable to those studying the Ottoman Empire and early modern European history in general.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813526850
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,085,244
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

RHOADS MURPHEY is Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham. He is the author of several books on the Ottomans, including Regional Structure in the Ottoman Economy.
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Table of Contents

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Preface: Scope and purpose of work
1 General political framework: the evolving context 1
2 Material constraints on Ottoman warfare: the immutable context 13
3 Military manpower and military spending: an attempt at realistic assessment 35
4 Troop movement and army transport 65
5 Provisioning the army 85
6 Ottoman methods of warfare: experience, competence and adherence to standard norms of contemporary military practice 105
7 Motivational and psychological aspects of Ottoman warfare 133
8 The aftereffects of Ottoman warfare: a review of the essential elements of Ottoman pragmatism in the military sphere 169
9 Conclusion - war and social transformation in the Ottoman empire 185
Appendices 193
Notes 211
Bibliography 259
Index 267
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