Mehmed the Conqueror and His Time

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Princeton University Press, 1992 - Biography & Autobiography - 549 pages
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From the famous siege of Constantinople in 1453 through the numerous other campaigns that securely established the Ottoman Empire, the events in the life of the emperor Mehmed II are the subject of this classic biography. One of the most important figures in Ottoman history, Mehmed was the architect of victories that inspired fear throughout Europe and contributed to an image of the Turk prevalent in Western art and literature for many years. "Fascinating. . . . From the Western viewpoint, Mehmed was seen as the man who gave the death blow to Byzantium, destroying the last vestige of the Eastern Roman Empire. Not surprisingly, the Turks regard him as the greatest of all sultans, a figure unparalleled in the history of the world for military prowess, statecraft, patronage of the arts and sciences."--Robert Kirsch, The Los Angeles Times Book Review "The definitive scholarly biography of the Ottoman emperor who in 1453 conquered Constantinople. . . . Mehmed's career is a study of battle, murder, and sudden death, of brutality, perfidy, and spite, with no moral superiority awardable to either Christians or Muslims."--The New Yorker

  

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Contents

Book 1 The Ottoman Empire at Murads accession
1
Mehmeds final return to the throne
64
Ottoman campaignsAlbania Serbia and Greece
151
The subjection of Bosnia
215
Uzun Hasan in league with the West
302
Peace at last with Venice
369
The personality and empire of Mehmed the Conqueror
409
II State and society
432
III Art literature and science
462
IV Mehmed the Conqueror and the West
494
INDEX
515
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Ralph Manheim (1907-1992) was an American translator of German and French literature, as well as occasional works from Dutch, Polish and Hungarian. The PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation, a major lifetime achievement award in the field of translation. is named in honor of Manheim and his work.

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