The Ottoman Empire, 1300-1650: The Structure of Power

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Macmillan International Higher Education, 2003
[This book] surveys the history of the Ottoman Empire from its obscure origins in the fourteenth century, through its rise to world-power in the status in the sixteenth century, to the troubled times of the seventeenth century. [In the book, the author] focuses on the ... internal structure and politics of the Ottoman Empire, analysing the various institutions through which the Ottoman Sultan projected his power: the dynasty, and the means of recruitment to dynastic service; the palace, court and central government; provincial government; the law; the army and the fleet. [He also] charts the growth and development of these institutions over three-and-a-half centuries, until a period of crisis in the 1600s curbed the Empire's expansion and caused significant structural changes.-Dust jacket.

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This book made me wonder on what basis historians select their topics when they set out to write a general history spanning multiple centuries. I suppose the decision must be influenced at least by ... Read full review

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A good all-around survey of the Ottoman empire, from its origins as a nomadic horde to its late seventeenth century apogee. Organized on a thematic basis, the author gives you a survey history of ... Read full review

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