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The Climate of Rebellion in the Early Modern Ottoman Empire


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  • Date Published: July 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107614307

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  • The Climate of Rebellion in the Early Modern Ottoman Empire explores the serious and far-reaching impacts of Little Ice Age climate fluctuations in Ottoman lands. This study demonstrates how imperial systems of provisioning and settlement that defined Ottoman power in the 1500s came unraveled in the face of ecological pressures and extreme cold and drought, leading to the outbreak of the destructive Celali Rebellion (1595–1610). This rebellion marked a turning point in Ottoman fortunes, as a combination of ongoing Little Ice Age climate events, nomad incursions and rural disorder postponed Ottoman recovery over the following century, with enduring impacts on the region's population, land use and economy.

    • A perspective on the Little Ice Age in world history by a historian rather than climatologist
    • Offers an environmental history of the Ottoman Empire
    • One of the most accessible academic books on Ottoman history in recent years for non-specialists, particularly world or environmental historians
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    • Winner (in Hardback), 2012 Albert Hourani Book Award, Middle East Studies Association

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    • Date Published: July 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107614307
    • length: 376 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.55kg
    • contains: 7 b/w illus. 6 maps 3 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. An Imperial Ecology:
    1. Regions, resources, and settlement
    2. Growth and its limits
    3. Disasters of the later sixteenth century
    4. Land at the margins: Karaman and Larende
    Part II. The Little Ice Age Crisis:
    5. The Little Ice Age in the Near East
    6. The great drought
    7. The Celali Rebellion
    8. In the wake of the Celalis: climate and crisis in the seventeenth century
    Part III. Ecological Transformation:
    9. Desert and sown
    10. City and country
    11. Provisioning and commerce

  • Author

    Sam White, Ohio State University
    Sam White is an Associate Professor of History at Ohio State University (OSU) and was Assistant Professor of Environmental History at Oberlin College until 2013, when he joined the OSU faculty. He has received grants and fellowships from Columbia University, the American Research Institute in Turkey and the Delmas Foundation. His articles have appeared in the International Journal of Middle East Studies and Environmental History, among other publications. This is his first book.


    • Winner (in Hardback), 2012 Albert Hourani Book Award, Middle East Studies Association
    • Winner (in Hardback), 2012 M. Fuat Köprülü Book Prize, The Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association

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