The Ottomans and the Balkans: A Discussion of Historiography

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This discussion of historiography concerning the Ottoman Empire should be viewed in the context of our discipline's self-examination, which certainly has been encouraged by recent conflicts in southeastern Europe and the Middle East. Our contributors analyse the fashion in which the historiographies established in various national states have viewed the Ottoman Empire and its legacy. At the same time they discuss the links of twentieth-century historiography with the rich historical tradition of the Ottoman Empire itself, both in its metropolitan and its provincial forms. The struggle against anachronisms born from the nationalist paradigm in history doubtless constitutes the most important common feature of these otherwise very diverse studies.

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Editorial Reviews

In the context of Said's 1978 scathing critique of "orientalism," these nine previously published/presented and original papers (some in translation) by contributors from countries of the former Ottoman empire and Europe focus on issues of that empire relevant to the history of southeastern Europe. In their substantial introduction, Adanir (Balkan and Ottoman studies, Ruhr- Universit<:a>t Bochum) and Faroqhi (Middle Eastern studies, Ludwig-Maximilians-U., Munich) discuss research problems and models in understanding divergent versions of Ottoman history. Adanir also traces the complex Ottoman legacy to the formation of a "Muslim" nation in Bosnia-Hercegovina. Lastly, Faroqhi reexamines the tensions between regional and central sultanic power from the 16th-early 19th century. The extensive bibliography is organized by ten topical categories. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004119024
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/27/2002
  • Series: Ottoman Empire and its Heritage Series , #25
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 9.48 (w) x 6.44 (h) x 1.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Fikret Adanir, Ph.D., is Professor of Southeast European and Ottoman-Turkish History at the University Bochum.
Suraiya Faroqhi, Ph.D., is Professor of Ottoman History at the Universitey of Munich.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Bad Times and Better Self: Definitions of Identity and Strategies for Development in Late Ottoman Historiography, 1850-1900 57
Ch. 2 Research Problems concerning the Transition to Tourkokratia: the Byzantinist Standpoint 79
Ch. 3 The Ottoman Empire in the Historiography of the Kemalist Era: a Theory of Fatal Decline 115
Ch. 4 Non-Muslim Minorities in the Historiography of Republican Turkey: the Greek Case 155
Ch. 5 Ottoman Rule Experienced and Remembered: Remarks on Some Local Greek Chronicles of the Tourkokratia 193
Ch. 6 Islamization in the Balkans as a Historiographical Problem: the Southeast-European Perspective 223
Ch. 7 The Formation of a 'Muslim' Nation in Bosnia-Hercegovina: a Historiographic Discussion 267
Ch. 8 Hungarian Studies in Ottoman History 305
Ch. 9 Coping with the Central State, Coping with Local Power: Ottoman Regions and Notables from the Sixteenth to the Early Nineteenth Century 351
List of contributors 383
Bibliography 385
Index 429
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