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Guns for the Sultan
Military Power and the Weapons Industry in the Ottoman Empire

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization

  • Date Published: December 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521603911

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  • Gabor Agoston examines the weapons technology and armaments industries of the Ottoman Empire, the only Islamic empire that threatened Europe on its own territory in the Gunpowder Age. Considering topics such as technology transfer, the integration of firearms in the Ottoman army and navy, and saltpeter and gunpowder production, the book demonstrates the success of the Ottoman military machine against its European and Muslim rivals from the fifteenth through seventeenth centuries.

    Reviews & endorsements

    " Guns for the Sultan Gabor Agoston has achieved a work which will no doubt become standard reference for a long time to come." -Christopher Deliso,

    "Gabor Agoston's newest book is a much-needed addition to English language works dealing withOttoman military affairs...Readers interested in military technology, siege warfare, and Balkan or NEar Eastern history, should consider it for their libraries." - Military History, John P. Dunn, Valdosta State University

    "the book merits high praise for its high level of research scholarship, and it will become the definitive work for Otooman military enterprise in the early modern period." - Jonathan Grant, Florida State University

    "Physically, Guns for the Sultan is an attractive work, replete with maps, illustrations, tables, and an elegant dust jacket. The author is Associate Professor of History in Georgetown University, and overall this book matches readability with scholarship and usefulness. An impressive achievement." - Tom Lewis, Department of Defence, Australia, H-NET

    "Guns for the Sultan is an important contribution to Ottoman military and economic history.... Agostan's work is a first-rate example of the possibilities and advantages or archival research as well as the wealth of important information buried in the files of the Ottoman Prime Minister's Archives." - Amy Singer, Tel Aviv University, Journal of the American Oriental Society

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521603911
    • length: 300 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • contains: 20 b/w illus. 5 maps 31 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: firearms and armaments industries
    2. Gunpowder technology and the Ottomans
    3. Cannons and muskets
    4. Saltpeter industries
    5. Gunpowder industries
    6. Munitions and ordnance industries
    7. Conclusions: guns and empire

  • Author

    Gábor Ágoston, Georgetown University, Washington DC
    Gabor Agoston is Assistant Professor in the Department of History, Georgetown University. His previous publications include Hungary in the Seventeenth Century (with Terez Oborni, 2000).

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