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The Cambridge History of Turkey

Volume 2. The Ottoman Empire as a World Power, 1453–1603

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Ebru Boyar, Palmira Brummett, Murat Cizakca, Geza David, Suraiya Faroqhi, Kate Fleet, Gottfried Hagen, Colin Imber, Cigdem Kafescioglu, Selim Kuru, Salih Ozbaran, Gilles Veinstein
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  • Date Published: November 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521620949

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  • With the conquest of Constantinople and the extinguishing of the Byzantine Empire in 1453, the Ottoman Empire moved into a new phase of expansion during which it emerged in the sixteenth century as a dominant political player on the world scene. With territory stretching around the Mediterranean from the Adriatic Sea to Morocco, and from the Caucasus to the Caspian Sea, the Ottomans reached the apogee of their military might in a period seen by many later Ottomans, and much later historians, as a golden age in which the state was strong, the sultan's might unquestionable, and intellectual life and the arts flourishing. Volume 2 of The Cambridge History of Turkey examines this period from the conquest of Constantinople in 1453 to the accession of Ahmed I in 1603. The essays, written by leading scholars in the field, assess the considerable expansion of Ottoman power and the effervescence of the Ottoman intellectual and cultural world through literature, art, and architecture. They also investigate the challenges that faced the Ottoman state, particularly in the later period, as the empire experienced economic crises, revolts, and long drawn-out wars.

    • Leading scholars in the field assess the golden age of the Ottoman Empire when it was at its strongest and most expansive
    • Essays provide overviews of politics, warfare, economics, religion, intellectual developments, literature and the arts
    • A unique reference to the period for scholars and students of the Ottomans, Middle East and Islamic history
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "With helpful maps, a chronology and glossary, and a superbly detailed bibliography of primary sources and secondary literature, this volume does not disappoint in terms of its overall quality … will be of great use for many years to come."
    Michael Talbot, Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2012
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521620949
    • length: 728 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 44 mm
    • weight: 1.1kg
    • contains: 29 b/w illus. 4 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction Suraiya Faroqhi
    Part I. An Expanding Empire:
    2. The Ottomans, 1451–1603: a political history Kate Fleet
    3. Ottoman expansion in Europe, c.1453–1606 Palmira Brummett
    4. Ottoman expansion in the east Ebru Boyar
    5. Ottoman expansion in the Mediterranean Kate Fleet
    6. Ottoman expansion in the Red Sea Salih Ozbaran
    Part II. Government, Economic Life and Society:
    7. Government, administration and law Colin Imber
    8. The Ottoman government and economic life Murat Cizakca
    9. Ottoman armies and warfare Geza David
    10. Religious institutions, policies and lives Gilles Veinstein
    11. Ottoman population Suraiya Faroqhi
    Part III. Culture and the Arts:
    12. Intellectual life Gottfried Hagen
    13. The visual arts Cigdem Kafescioglu
    14. The making of a literary tradition Selim Kuru.

  • Editors

    Suraiya N. Faroqhi, Istanbul Bilgi Üniversitesi
    Suraiya N. Faroqhi is Professor of History at Istanbul Bilgi University. Her publications include The Ottoman Empire: A Short History (2004), Artisans of Empire: Crafts and Craftspeople Under the Ottomans (2009) and, as editor, The Cambridge History of Turkey, Volume 3: The Later Ottoman Empire, 1603–1839 (2006).

    Kate Fleet, Newnham College, Cambridge
    Kate Fleet is Director of the Skilliter Centre for Ottoman Studies, Newnham College, Cambridge, and Newton Trust Lecturer in Ottoman History at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge. Her publications include European and Islamic Trade in the Early Ottoman State: The Merchants of Genoa and Turkey (2006), A Social History of Istanbul, co-authored with Ebru Boyar (2010) and, as editor, The Cambridge History of Turkey, Volume 1: Byzantium to Turkey, 1071–1453 (2009).


    Ebru Boyar, Palmira Brummett, Murat Cizakca, Geza David, Suraiya Faroqhi, Kate Fleet, Gottfried Hagen, Colin Imber, Cigdem Kafescioglu, Selim Kuru, Salih Ozbaran, Gilles Veinstein

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