A Social History of Ottoman Istanbul

A Social History of Ottoman Istanbul

by Ebru Boyar, Kate Fleet
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521136237

ISBN-13: 9780521136235

Pub. Date: 07/01/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Using a wealth of contemporary Ottoman sources, this book recreates the social history of Istanbul, a huge, cosmopolitan metropolis and imperial capital of the Ottoman Empire. Seat of the sultan and an opulent international emporium, Istanbul was also a city of violence, shaken regularly by natural disasters and by the turmoil of sultanic politics and violent

Overview

Using a wealth of contemporary Ottoman sources, this book recreates the social history of Istanbul, a huge, cosmopolitan metropolis and imperial capital of the Ottoman Empire. Seat of the sultan and an opulent international emporium, Istanbul was also a city of violence, shaken regularly by natural disasters and by the turmoil of sultanic politics and violent revolt. Its inhabitants, entertained by imperial festivities and cared for by the great pious foundations which touched every aspect of their lives, also amused themselves in the numerous pleasure gardens and the many public baths of the city. The authors capture the lives of those who lived in this vibrant, violent, luxurious and cosmopolitan city through intimate portraits. While the book is focused on Istanbul, it presents a broad picture of Ottoman society, how it was structured and how it developed and transformed across four centuries. As such, the book offers an exciting alternative to the more traditional histories of the Ottoman Empire.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521136235
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/01/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations vi

List of maps viii

Acknowledgements ix

Chronology x

Who's who xii

Introduction 1

1 Conquest 6

2 The palace and the populace 28

3 Fear and death 72

4 Welfare 129

5 The consuming city 157

6 Outings and excursions 205

7 The hamam 249

8 The nineteenth century 271

Beyond the city 328

Select bibliography 332

Index 344

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