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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For someone unfamiliar but interested in the history of the Ottoman Empire, I found this book to be an excellent well-researched introduction to it. The author writes well with considerable understanding of his subject. He brings to life in a very fluid style of writing a fascinating history of an empire which still has impact on the events that unfold every day in Turkey and the other countries once comprising the Ottoman Empire. Yes, some of the sultans were tyrants but a number had great foresight for their age with the desire to create a secular empire in which all subjects were treated fairly and with humanity.
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My Grandmother gave me this as a teenager and I have had an interest in Turkey ever since. Read full review