Visions of the Ottoman World in Renaissance Europe

Overview

Key protagonists in these debates included Erasmus, Luther and Machiavelli. Today we might call them intellectuals, yet mostly they did not travel, and direct contact with the Ottoman Empire was scarce or nonexistent. Nor were they well disposed to its predecessor, the Byzantine Empire, whose fall presented them with an intellectual conundrum: how were they to explain the irresistible advance of the Ottomans across the Balkans and the inability of Christian Europe to hold the line? They also felt compelled to ...

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Overview

Key protagonists in these debates included Erasmus, Luther and Machiavelli. Today we might call them intellectuals, yet mostly they did not travel, and direct contact with the Ottoman Empire was scarce or nonexistent. Nor were they well disposed to its predecessor, the Byzantine Empire, whose fall presented them with an intellectual conundrum: how were they to explain the irresistible advance of the Ottomans across the Balkans and the inability of Christian Europe to hold the line? They also felt compelled to incorporate this significant new threat into their vision of a world order, to rationalise it, to unravel its origins. These discussions spawned a common market of ideas in the fifteenth and sixteenth century, as Europeans debated and represented the Ottoman threat. Readers of this book will find many echoes in Pippidi's analysis of today's debates about the relationship of Turkey with Europe and the struggle to accommodate the descendants of the Ottomans in our midst.

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"Visions of the Ottoman World in Renaissance Europe is disarmingly free of complexity ... should find admirers among academics and non-specialists alike." — Caroline Finkel, History Today

"In this agreeable little book Andrei Pippidi gives an elegant survey of a field that has been much studied in recent years" — Times Literary Supplement

Stevan K. Pavlowitch

This is one of the most fascinating scholarly works I have ever read. Andrei Pippidi's cultural knowledge is enormous, based on research into sixteenth- and seventeenth-century manuscripts as well as sources in ten languages. He provides a broad and clear analysis of how 'Europe' saw and was affected by the long-enduring Ottoman Empire.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199327836
  • Publisher: An Oxford University Press Publication
  • Publication date: 1/1/2013
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrei Pippidi is Emeritus Chair of Medieval History at the University of Bucharest, Romania.

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Table of Contents

C. 1 An Archeology of Representations

C. 2 Late Medieval and Renaissance Views of the Ottomans

C. 3 Three Thinkers and Their Disciples

C. 4 After Erasmus

C. 5 Anglo-Turcica

C. 6 Trade, Politics and Religion

C. 7 Conclusions

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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