Despite the fact that its capital city and over one third of its territory was within the continent of Europe, the Ottoman Empire has consistently been regarded as a place apart, inextricably divided from the West by differences of culture and religion. A perception of its militarism, its barbarism, its tyranny, the sexual appetites of its rulers and its pervasive exoticism has led historians to measure the Ottoman world against a western standard and find it lacking. In recent decades, a dynamic and convincing scholarship has emerged that seeks to comprehend and, in the process, to de-exoticize this enduring realm. Dan Goffman provides a thorough introduction to the history and institutions of the Ottoman Empire from this new standpoint, and presents a claim for its inclusion in Europe. His lucid and engaging bookan important addition to New Approaches in European Historywill be essential reading for undergraduates.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Series:||New Approaches to European History Series , #24|
|Product dimensions:||5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.91(d)|
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Ottomancentrism and the West; 2. Fabricating the Ottoman State; 3. A seasoned polity; 4. Factionalism and insurrection; 5. The Ottoman-Venetian Association; 6. Commerce and diasporas; 7. A changing station in Europe; 8. Conclusion: the greater western world.