The Ottoman Empire, 1300-1650: The Structure of Power
This highly-praised and authoritative account surveys the history of the Ottoman Empire from its obscure origins in the fourteenth century, through its rise to world-power status in the sixteenth century, to the troubled times of the seventeenth century. Going beyond a simple narrative of Ottoman achievements and key events, Colin Imber uses original sources and research, as well as the rapidly growing body of modern scholarship on the subject, to show how the Sultans governed their realms and the limits on their authority.
A helpful chronological introduction provides the context, while separate chapters deal with the inner politics of the dynasty, the court and central government, the provinces, the law courts and legal system, and the army and fleet. Revised, updated and expanded, this new edition now also features a chapter on taxation and incorporates the most recent developments in the field throughout.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Shrike58 - LibraryThing
A good all-around survey of the Ottoman empire, from its origins as a nomadic horde to its late seventeenth century apogee. Organized on a thematic basis, the author gives you a survey history of ... Read full review
The Ottoman Empire, 1300-1650: the structure of powerUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
In this diligent and rather dry general history, Imber, a lecturer at the University of Manchester, charts the Ottoman Empire from its birth, circa 1300, through its zenith in the reign of Suleyman ... Read full review