Writing Ottoman History: Documents and Interpretations / Edition 1

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The study of Ottoman history has resulted in the construction of a number of Ottoman 'pasts', some of which have been proved recoverable and essentially durable, while others have been seen to owe too much to extraneous preconceptions. In the articles collected here, Dr Heywood has questioned some of the perceived certainties in the field of Ottoman history and historiography, focusing in particular on the work of Paul Wittek and the idea of the 'frontier'. Other studies are based on the abundant surviving documentation, and look at specific topics in 17th-century Ottoman history and in Anglo-Ottoman relations, for example Sir Paul Rycaut's view of the Ottoman empire, or the organisation of the Ottoman postal service and roads, and the cannon-foundry in Istanbul.

Author Biography: Colin Heywood, formerly School of Oriental and African Studies, UK.

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Rather than presenting a unitary history of the Ottoman Empire (1288- 1918), Heywood collects 16 of his previously published studies<-->with new material added to three of them<-->on aspects of the Ottoman past and its "mythohistory." Topics explored include Bosnia under Ottoman rule (1463-1800), late 17th century English diplomatic relations with Turkey, the Ottoman and system in the 18th century, a 1688 letter from a Tunisian pasha to a British ambassador, and documents relating to an unsolved 17th century murder. The original pagination has been maintained. Includes appended translations, facsimiles of documents, and a photo of the author. Based on the preface, Heywood's presumed affiliation is with Princeton U. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780860788546
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/1/2002
  • Series: Collected Studies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 8.82 (w) x 5.91 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

I The Frontier in Ottoman History: Old Ideas and New Myths
II Bosnia Under Ottoman Rule, 1463-1800
III English Diplomatic Relations with Turkey, 1689-1698
IV Sir Paul Rycaut, A Seventeenth-Century Observer of the Ottoman State: Notes for a Study
V 'Boundless Dreams of the Levant': Paul Wittek, the George-Kreis, and the Writing of Ottoman History
VI Wittek and the Austrian Tradition
VII A Subterranean History: Paul Wittek (1894-1978) and the Early Ottoman State
VIII Between Historical Myth and 'Mythohistory': The Limits of Ottoman History
IX Some Turkish Archival Sources for the History of the Menzilhane Network in Rumeli during the Eighteenth Century (Notes and Documents on the Ottoman Ulak, I)
X The Ottoman Menzilhane and Ulak System in Rumeli in the Eighteenth Century
XI The Via Egnatia in the Ottoman Period: The Menzilhanes of the Sol Kol in the Late 17th/Early 18th Century
XII 'Yazici defter yazmak dilese ...' (Notes on the Miftahu 'l-hisab-i kava'id-i defter by Dervis, Bihist Saruhani)
XIII An Unsolved Murder in the Marmara (Notes on Bodl. MS. Turk. d. 32)
XIV A Letter from Cerrah Mustafa Pasha, Vali of Tunis, to Sir William Trumbull (A.H. 1099/A.D. 1688)
XV The Activities of the State Cannon-Foundry (Tophane-i 'Amire) at Istanbul in the Early Sixteenth Century according to an Unpublished Turkish Source
XVI Notes on the Production of Fifteenth-Century Ottoman Cannon
Addenda and corrigenda
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