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).
In this definitive history of the Ottoman Empire, Lord Kinross, painstaking historian and superb writer, never loses sight of the larger issues, economic, political, and social. At the same time he delineates his characters with obvious zest, displaying them in all their extravagance, audacity and, sometimes, ruthlessness.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - 4bonasa - LibraryThing
The author refers to the Sultan's sex slave prison as a harem (finally closed in the early 20th century) and he glosses over the slaughter of millions of Armenians in the early 1900's. Otherwise a ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - cwhouston - LibraryThing
This is a well written and researched history book - assertions that is it like fiction or reads like a soap opera (suggested by a couple of other reviewers) are simply wrong. Kinross manages to ... Read full review