Sultans of Rome: The Turkish World Expansion

Overview

The Turkish capture of Constantinople in 1453 is conventionally regarded as an Asiatic conquest. The Turks originated in Asia-it is true-but Constantinople was conquered from the west not the east: the Ottomans became a European power before they became a Middle Eastern one and remained a primarily European power. Indeed, the Middle East and even most of Anatolia itself was conquered from Europe. This demonstrates that it was no sudden rush of semi-civilized, horse-riding nomads from the steppe, but the ...

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Overview

The Turkish capture of Constantinople in 1453 is conventionally regarded as an Asiatic conquest. The Turks originated in Asia-it is true-but Constantinople was conquered from the west not the east: the Ottomans became a European power before they became a Middle Eastern one and remained a primarily European power. Indeed, the Middle East and even most of Anatolia itself was conquered from Europe. This demonstrates that it was no sudden rush of semi-civilized, horse-riding nomads from the steppe, but the culmination of complex movements of various Turkish peoples that had been taking place throughout Eurasia for over a thousand years. And when Turks first entered Anatolia in the 11th century, it was a Byzantine Emperor who made a relatively minor Turkish prince the first Sultan in the land that would come to be known as Turkey-a prince, furthermore, who called himself not Sultan of Turkey, but Sultan of Rome!

Few people combine so thoroughly the legacies of Europe and Asia, East and West, the civilizations of Greece and Rome with that of Islam, the Near East and beyond. Few have bridged so many civilizations and brought so many cultural strands together. Their story is as much our history as well as theirs and others.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566568487
  • Publisher: Interlink Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/3/2012
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 1,423,567
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Series Introduction vii

Note on Transliteration ix

Maps xi

List of Plates xii

Preface 1

1 Introduction: Turks and Turkishness 11

2 Descendants of the She-Wolf 25

3 The Turks move Westwards 33

4 The Lure of Islam 49

5 The Sultans of Rome 61

6 A Turkish World 79

7 Beyond the Bosphorus 89

8 The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean world in the Age of S├╝leyman the Magnificent 105

9 When Turkey Ruled the Waves 127

10 The Sick Men of Europe 145

Notes 161

Bibliography 167

Index 000

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