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The Emergence of Public Opinion
State and Society in the Late Ottoman Empire


  • Date Published: June 2020
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316641392

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  • Nineteenth-century Ottoman politics was filled with casual references to public opinion. Having been popularised as a term in the 1860s, the following decades witnessed a deluge of issues being brought into 'the tribune of public opinion'. Murat R. Şiviloğlu explains how this concept emerged, and how such an abstract phenomenon embedded itself so deeply into the political discourse that even sultans had to consider its power. Through looking at the bureaucratic and educational institutions of the time, this book offers an analysis of the society and culture of the Ottomans, as well as providing an interesting application of theoretical ideas concerning common political identity and public opinion. The result is a more balanced and nuanced understanding of public opinion as a whole.

    • Explores the historical evaluation of the concept of public opinion
    • Uses previously unused archival and historical sources
    • Takes a comparative and interdisciplinary approach to what has often been considered as a uniquely Western phenomenon
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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2020
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316641392
    • length: 331 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Historical background
    2. A bureaucratic public sphere
    3. The world of Ismail Ferruh Efendi
    4. The schooling of the public
    5. The emergence of a reading public after C.1860
    6. 'The Turkish Revolution'

  • Author

    Murat R. Şiviloğlu, Trinity College Dublin
    Murat R. Şiviloğlu is an assistant professor at Trinity College Dublin. He has published several articles in books and journals and his main research interests focus on the social and intellectual history of the Ottoman Empire during the nineteenth century.

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