Osman's Dream: The History of the Ottoman Empire

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Basic Books, Aug 1, 2007 - History - 704 pages
The definitive history of the Ottoman Empire

The Ottoman Empire was one of the largest and most influential empires in world history. Its reach extended to three continents and it survived for more than six centuries, but its history is too often colored by the memory of its bloody final throes on the battlefields of World War I. In this magisterial work-the first definitive account written for the general reader-renowned scholar and journalist Caroline Finkel lucidly recounts the epic story of the Ottoman Empire from its origins in the thirteenth century through its destruction in the twentieth.
 

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User Review  - le.vert.galant - LibraryThing

There is a lot of information crammed into these 600 pages, making for a dense but rewarding read. Ottoman history covers a vast swathe of time, stretching from competition with the Byzantine Empire ... Read full review

A wonderful study for college.

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I'm looking for high school curriculum so it did not meet my expectations. The book however, would be wonderful for a college study! I am holding on to the book for possible future use! Read full review

Contents

1 First among equals 1
1
2 A dynasty divided 22
22
3 An imperial vision 48
48
4 Sultan of the faithful 81
81
5 Possessor of the kingdoms of the world 115
115
6 The sedentary sultan 152
152
7 Government by faction 196
196
8 Revenge of the pashas 223
223
12 The power of the provinces 372
372
13 From the New Order to the Reordering 413
413
14 A crisis of identity 447
447
15 The Islamic empire 488
488
16 The storm before the calm 526
526
Sultans of the Ottoman Empire 555
555
Chronology 557
557
Notes 573
573

9 Rule of the grandees 253
253
10 The empire unravels 289
289
11 The perils of insouciance 329
329
Bibliography 610
610
Index 642
642
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Page 637 - Ahd-names. The Historical Background and the Development of a Category of PoliticalCommercial Instruments together with an Annotated Edition of a Corpus of Relevant Documents, EJOS 1/2, 1998, 1-698 (= Internetpublikation http://www.let.uu.nl/oosters/EJOS/EJOS- 1 .html.) 327.
Page 27 - This emperor always walked with his men, dressed alike and in one colour, namely white, in long robes cut like tabards ; he finding fault with the many fashions and distinctions in dress of the English \ wherein he said that fickleness and changeable temper was betokened. No razor touched head or beard of his chaplains. These Greeks were most devout in their church services, which were joined in as well by soldiers as by priests, for they chanted them without distinction in their native tongue.

About the author (2007)

Caroline Finkel has lived in Istanbul for many years and traveled widely in Turkey and the former Ottoman lands. She has a doctorate in Ottoman history from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. Osman's Dream is her third book. She currently divides her time between Istanbul and London.