- Hardcover: 704 pages
- Publisher: Basic Books; 1St Edition edition (February 7, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0465023967
- ISBN-13: 978-0465023967
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 57 customer reviews
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Osman's Dream: The History of the Ottoman Empire 1St Edition Edition
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It should be rembered also, that Turkey was important in the attempts to stop Russian imperialism from Peter I and through the nineteenth century. During the Great Northern War (1700 - 1721) the Ottomans cooperated with Sweden, Poland and Ukraine against Moscow. Sweden's King Charles XII, Ivan Mazepa and Pylyp Orlyk were permitted to reside on Ottoman territory.
Later Sweden, France and Turkey cooperated to stop Russian expansion. The first Turkish treaty with a Christian nation was with Sweden in 1739 when Sweden sought to reconquer territories lost during The Great Northern War. This events are covered in Mrs Finkel's book.
Published in 2006 this book is still one of the best books on the Ottoman empire.
Mr. Bertil Haggman, LL.M.
Like the many headed Hydra,the emerging Turkish Empire is featured in all its glory and weaknesses. While still adopting a 'kings and queens' approach to historical research, albeit with Turkish names,Finkel paints a very broad canvas, but we readers are left feeling a little overwhelmed in the detail of court intrigues. Apart from her account of Turkey's quite general resistance to modernization, one weakness is that there is little description of broader social trends in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries affecting Turkey. Nevertheless the broad sweep is there underneath well sourced detail and an easy to comprehend writing style.
The kindle ebook, however, had some issues. About 20 pages of pictures were included in one section of the book with no explanation as to why, other than brief captions for each. Presumably this is not the layout of the print version.