The Ottoman Empire, 1300-1650: The Structure of Power
Palgrave Macmillan, 2009 M08 26 - 448 pages
This highly-praised and authoritative account surveys the history of the Ottoman Empire from its obscure origins in the fourteenth century, through its rise to world-power status in the sixteenth century, to the troubled times of the seventeenth century. Going beyond a simple narrative of Ottoman achievements and key events, Colin Imber uses original sources and research, as well as the rapidly growing body of modern scholarship on the subject, to show how the Sultans governed their realms and the limits on their authority.
A helpful chronological introduction provides the context, while separate chapters deal with the inner politics of the dynasty, the court and central government, the provinces, the law courts and legal system, and the army and fleet. Revised, updated and expanded, this new edition now also features a chapter on taxation and incorporates the most recent developments in the field throughout.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - thcson - www.librarything.com
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
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Shrike58 - LibraryThing
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