The Ottoman Empire, 1300-1650: The Structure of Power

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Macmillan International Higher Education, Aug 26, 2009 - History - 448 pages
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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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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 power

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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

Contents

1 Chronology
1
2 The Dynasty
75
3 Recruitment
116
4 The Palace
131
5 The Provinces
164
6 The Law
204
7 Taxation
239
8 The Army
262
9 The Fleet
295
Some Conclusions
324
Notes
332
Glossary
361
Sources Quoted
368
Bibliography
374
Index
395
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COLIN IMBER was Reader in Turkish at the University of Manchester, UK until his recent retirement.

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