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 anticipated thirty million humans residing inside of its borders. It was once possibly the main cosmopolitan country within the world--and very likely the main risky. A short historical past of the overdue Ottoman Empire now offers students and basic readers a concise heritage of the overdue empire among 1789 and 1918, turbulent years marked by way of remarkable social change.
relocating prior normal remedies of the topic, M. Sükrü Hanioglu emphasizes large old traits and strategies greater than unmarried occasions. He examines the imperial fight to centralize amid strong competition from neighborhood rulers, nationalist and different teams, and international powers. He appears heavily on the socioeconomic adjustments this fight wrought and addresses the Ottoman reaction to the demanding situations of modernity. Hanioglu exhibits how this background isn't just necessary to comprehending sleek Turkey, yet is vital to the histories of Europe and the area. He brings Ottoman society marvelously to existence in all its facets--cultural, diplomatic, highbrow, literary, army, and political--and he mines imperial data 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 past due Ottoman Empire is a must-read for somebody looking to comprehend the legacy left during this empire's ruins--a legacy the area nonetheless grapples with today.
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