- Paperback: 234 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (September 19, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521547822
- ISBN-13: 978-0521547826
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #610,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Ottoman Empire, 1700-1922 (New Approaches to European History) 2nd Edition
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"'A revised edition of one of the best short introductions to Ottoman history." --Cornucopia
"The new methodological approach is remarkable." --Archiv orientalni
The Ottoman Empire was one of the most important non-Western states to survive from medieval to modern times, and played a vital role in European and global history. This new survey examines the major trends during the latter years of the empire; it pays attention to gender issues and to hotly-debated topics such as the treatment of minorities. In this second edition, Donald Quataert has updated his lively text and revised the bibliographies. This accessible narrative will appeal to anyone interested in the history of the Middle East.
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The majority of the book, however, addresses the gradual implosion of the Ottoman Empire - the first half a broad overview of the policies and changes the Ottomans attempted to institute to slw its decline, the last half a closer look at the economic and social consequences and reactions to these polices. This organization works well.
The internal and external forces tearing the Ottoman state apart: ethnic minorities seeking nationhood, an increasingly conservative ulaema advocating for a return to "Islamic values", a decaying economic infrastructure and the great industrial nations of Europe pulling and pushing in an attempt to maintain political and economic stability - are clearly shown with a few specific examples to illustrate the point without the historical minutae that can bog-down the non-expert.
This is a well-written history that would be a marvelous companion piece to David Fromkin's A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East.
The one drawback to this monograph, and this is not a criticism given that this was not the intent of the book, I did not come away with a very clear picture of the political history of the empire. Of course generalizations about politics, how the state was run, and its relationships toward European powers are covered - but if you are looking for a detailed political history of the empire this not the book to pick up.
Also, while there is a very short chapter on the legacy of the Ottoman empire at the end, it left me wanting much more. Especially since the Balkans and much of the modern day states that made up the Ottoman empire are today the flash point for ethnic and religious violence, from the former Yugoslavia, Israel, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and Iraq.
The books first three chapters, which included a number of good maps, covered the OE from it's tiny start in the early 1300's through it's heyday in the 1700's. It's economy, culture and society were all well covered.
All in all, a good buy. W.
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