By M. Şükrü Hanioğlu
On the flip of the 19th century, the Ottoman Empire straddled 3 continents and encompassed outstanding ethnic and cultural range one of the anticipated thirty million humans residing inside its borders. It used to be might be the main cosmopolitan country within the world--and potentially the main unstable. a quick historical past of the overdue Ottoman Empire now provides students and basic readers a concise historical past of the overdue empire among 1789 and 1918, turbulent years marked by way of impressive social swap. relocating prior general remedies of the topic, M. Skr Hanioglu emphasizes extensive ancient tendencies and strategies greater than unmarried occasions. He examines the imperial fight to centralize amid strong 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 historical past isn't just necessary to comprehending sleek Turkey, yet is indispensable 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 records and different records from the interval to explain it because it really was once, no longer because it has been portrayed in postimperial nationalist narratives. a short background of the past due Ottoman Empire is a must-read for someone trying to comprehend the legacy left during this empire's ruins--a legacy the area nonetheless grapples with this day.
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A parallel development that reinforced this trend in 1726 was the end of the Ottoman practice of dispatching subgovernors from the center. 34 The notables thus emerged as a significant social class mediating between the central government and its subjects. Despite the official abolition of the title 32 Ahmed Vâsıf, Mehasinü’l-Âsâr ve Hakaikü’l-Ahbâr, ed. Mücteba İlgürel (Ankara: Türk Tarih Kurumu Yayınları, 1994), p. 349. 33 Tarih-i Cevdet, 6, pp. 274–7. 34 Yücel Özkaya, Osmanlı İmparatorluğu’nda Âyânlık (Ankara: Türk Tarih Kurumu Yayınları, 1994), pp.
A Brief History of the Late Ottoman Empire by M. Şükrü Hanioğlu