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 - 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
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - patito-de-hule - LibraryThing
In early modern times--say 1300 to 1700--the Ottoman Empire ("Turks") was a dreaded neighbor for Europe. Most of the works available on the subject were from an extremely negative point of view. This ... Read full review