Osman's Dream: The Story of the Ottoman Empire 1300-1923

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John Murray, Jul 19, 2012 - History - 704 pages
17 Reviews
The Ottoman chronicles recount that the first sultan, Osman, dreamt of the dynasty he would found - a tree, fully-formed, emerged from his navel, symbolising the vigour of his successors and the extent of their domains. This is the first book to tell the full story of the Ottoman dynasty that for six centuries held sway over territories stretching, at their greatest, from Hungary to the Persian Gulf, and from North Africa to the Caucasus. Understanding the realization of Osman's vision is essential for anyone who seeks to understand the modern world.

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Beautifully written Turkish Ottoman history. Easy to read and understand. I am Turkish and had to learn my History, I found most interesting to read it written by a foreigner. Superbly researched and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sarah Furger - Goodreads

This was more popular history for me, not scholarly enough to use for my academic research. However, it was very well written, and Finkel's narrative style is engaging and informative. Read full review

About the author (2012)

Caroline Finkel has lived in Istanbul for many years and travelled widely in Turkey and the former Ottoman lands. She has a doctorate in Ottoman history from the School of Oriental and African Studies, has published numerous articles and learnt Hungarian, Arabic and Persian in addition to Ottoman and modern Turkish. This is Caroline Finkel's third book.

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