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




Author: Colin Imber
Type: eBook
Date Released: 2003
Format: pdf
Language: English
Page Count: 400
Isbn10 Code: 0333613872
Isbn13 Code: 9781403990228


From Publishers Weekly In this diligent and rather dry general history, Imber, a lecturer at the University of Manchester, charts the Ottoman Empire from its birth, circa 1300, through its zenith in the reign of Süleyman, to the end of its expansion in the mid-17th century. The first section of his book, a chronological narrative, begins with Osman, the founder who gave the Ottoman Empire his name, and ends, essentially, with the Sultan Ibrahim's descent into madness and his 1648 murder. Imber then moves into considerations of the structures and workings of power in the empire: the dynasty, which galvanized control around a sultan and his male progeny; the methods by which ministers and other officials were recruited; the physical and political structure of the palace, with its eunuchs, harems and grand viziers; the division of control in the provinces, the sacred and secular laws; and the branches of the military. His narrative, which makes great use of secondary sources but also employs newly translated primary ones as well, will introduce the lay reader to the complicated and often bloody history of the Empire, if not necessarily elegantly, then efficiently and thoroughly. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. From For many laymen in the West, the Ottoman Empire is almost a pejorative term. High-school students learn about the "sick man of Europe" prior to World War I or are well versed in the massacres of Armenians within the empire. The successor state to the empire, Turkey, is poised to join the European Union; so it would be wise for general readers to receive a balanced account of the empire's growth and structure. Imber, senior lecturer in Turkish at the University of Manchester, has certainly provided that account. The first quarter of this well-written book is a chronological history ending in the mid-seventeenth century. The remainder of the book is devoted to topics such as the organization of the military, the legal system, and administrative control of the provinces. What emerges is a portrait of an imperial system that provided reasonably efficient government and surprising opportunities for both non-Turks and non-Muslims. Jay FreemanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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