The Ottoman Centuries: The Rise and Fall of the Turkish Empire

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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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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

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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

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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.
Page 15 - Dürkö, a belligerent race deriving the name (so it is said) from a hill in their region which was shaped like a helmet.

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