Osman's Dream: The History of the Ottoman Empire

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Basic Books, Aug 1, 2007 - History - 704 pages
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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

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User Review  - gmicksmith - LibraryThing

This is a single (though it is large, at 660 pages) volume history written for the general reader (p. xiv) who has no background in Ottoman history. The exact end of the Empire is a bit murky and is ... Read full review

Contents

First among equals
1
A dynasty divided
22
An imperial vision
48
Sultan of the faithful
81
Possessor of the kingdoms of the world
115
The sedentary sultan
152
Government by faction
196
Revenge of the pashas
223
The power of the provinces
372
From the New Order to the Reordering
413
A crisis of identity
447
The Islamic empire
488
The storm before the calm
526
Sultans of the Ottoman Empire
555
Notes
573
Bibliography
610

Rule of the grandees
253
The empire unravels
289
The perils of insouciance
329

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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.

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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.

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