The Ottoman Empire and Early Modern Europe

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 25, 2002 - History - 273 pages
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Despite the fact that its capital city and over one third of its territory was within the continent of Europe, the Ottoman Empire has consistently been regarded as a place apart, inextricably divided from the West by differences of culture and religion. A perception of its militarism, its barbarism, its tyranny, the sexual appetites of its rulers and its pervasive exoticism has led historians to measure the Ottoman world against a western standard and find it lacking. In recent decades, a dynamic and convincing scholarship has emerged that seeks to comprehend and, in the process, to de-exoticize this enduring realm. Dan Goffman provides a thorough introduction to the history and institutions of the Ottoman Empire from this new standpoint, and presents a claim for its inclusion in Europe. His lucid and engaging book--an important addition to New Approaches in European History--will be essential reading for undergraduates.
  

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Contents

Introduction Ottomancentrism and the West
1
Kubads formative years
23
Fabricating the Ottoman state
27
Kubad in Istanbul
55
A seasoned polity
59
Kubad at the Sublime Porte
93
Factionalism and insurrection
98
Kubad in Venice
131
Kubad between worlds
165
Commerce and diasporas
169
Kubad ransomed
189
A changing station in Europe
192
Conclusion The Greater Western World
227
Glossary
235
Suggestions for further reading
240
Index
252

The OttomanVenetian association
137

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About the author (2002)

Daniel Goffman is Professor of History at Ball State University. His publications include Izmir and the Levantine World, 1550-1650 (1990), Britons in the Ottoman Empire, 1642-1660 (1998) and The Ottoman City Between East and West: Istanbul, Izmir and Aleppo, with Edhem Eldem and Bruce Masters (1999). He is currently editor of the Middle East Studies Association Bulletin.

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