The Ottoman Centuries: The Rise and Fall of the Turkish Empire
The Ottoman Empire began in 1300 under the almost legendary Osman I, reached its apogee in the sixteenth century under Suleiman the Magnificent, whose forces threatened the gates of Vienna, and gradually diminished thereafter until Mehmed VI was sent into exile by Mustafa Kemal (Ataturk). This text elaborates on the grand, audacious, and sometimes ruthless personalities involved, while keeping in focus the larger economic, political, and social issues.
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Page 2 - Lord Kinross, The Ottoman Centuries: The Rise and Fall of the Turkish Empire (New York: Morrow Quill Paperbacks, 1977), p.
Page 26 - There was no general Islamization of Christians — least of all by compulsion — within Ottoman territory.
Page 25 - Empire at the time of its decline, moreover within easy reach of the sea and the lands of Balkan Europe beyond it. The...
Page 27 - Nicomedia, at the head of a long gulf commanding the sea route to Constantinople, and the overland route to the Black Sea.
Page 18 - to be replaced later on by an Islamic one. The local substratum survived.