By M. Şükrü Hanioğlu
At the flip of the 19th century, the Ottoman Empire straddled 3 continents and encompassed impressive ethnic and cultural variety one of the envisioned thirty million humans dwelling inside its borders. It used to be might be the main cosmopolitan kingdom within the world--and in all probability the main unstable. A short historical past of the past due Ottoman Empire now offers students and basic readers a concise historical past of the past due empire among 1789 and 1918, turbulent years marked by means of really good social change.
relocating previous common remedies of the topic, M. Sükrü Hanioglu emphasizes large old tendencies and tactics greater than unmarried occasions. He examines the imperial fight to centralize amid robust competition from neighborhood rulers, nationalist and different teams, and overseas powers. He appears to be like heavily on the socioeconomic adjustments this fight wrought and addresses the Ottoman reaction to the demanding situations of modernity. Hanioglu exhibits how this background is not just necessary to comprehending glossy Turkey, yet is crucial to the histories of Europe and the realm. He brings Ottoman society marvelously to lifestyles in all its facets--cultural, diplomatic, highbrow, literary, army, and political--and he mines imperial files and different records from the interval to explain it because it really used to be, now not because it has been portrayed in postimperial nationalist narratives. A short background of the overdue Ottoman Empire is a must-read for somebody looking to comprehend the legacy left during this empire's ruins--a legacy the realm nonetheless grapples with today.
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