History of the Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey: Volume 1, Empire of the Gazis: The Rise and Decline of the Ottoman Empire 1280-1808

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 29, 1976 - History - 368 pages
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Empire of the Gazis: The Rise and Decline of the Ottoman Empire, 1280-1808 is the first book of the two-volume History of the Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey. It describes how the Ottoman Turks, a small band of nomadic soldiers, managed to expand their dominions from a small principality in northwestern Anatolia on the borders of the Byzantine Empire into one of the great empires of fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Europe and Asia, extending from northern Hungary to southern Arabia and from the Crimea across North Africa almost to the Atlantic Ocean. The volume sweeps away the accumulated prejudices of centuries and describes the empire of the sultans as a living, changing society, dominated by the small multinational Ottoman ruling class led by the sultan, but with a scope of government so narrow that the subjects, Muslim and non-Muslim alike, were left to carry on their own lives, religions, and traditions with little outside interference.
 

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Contents

The First Ottoman Empire 12801413
12
Restoration of the Ottoman Empire 14131451
41
The Apogee of Ottoman Power 14511566
55
The Dynamics of Ottoman Society and Administration
112
Part Two Decentralization and Traditional Reform in Response
169
New Challenges and Responses 16831808
217
Ottoman Society Administration and Culture in the Age of Decentraliza
280
Map of the Decline of the Ottoman Empire 16831924
300
Index
325
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