A Short History of the Ottoman Empire

By Renée Worringer

© 2021

The question of "who were the Ottomans" has occupied many scholars over the last hundred years. The Ottoman Empire was a formidable force involved in European politics and commerce almost since its inception; yet, despite its prominence, the Ottomans are often not emphasized in narratives of medieval and early modern Europe.

Beginning with an introduction to pre-Ottoman history, this book traces the emergence of the Ottoman Empire from the Turkic migrations out of Central Asia to their encounters with the Islamic world. It also explores the expansion of Ottoman rule not just into the Middle East but into the Balkans and North Africa. Uncovering the strategies behind the longevity of the Ottoman Empire, the author highlights the Empire’s pragmatism and flexibility in governing over vast territories and diverse peoples. Beautifully illustrated in full color throughout, A Short History of the Ottoman Empire utilizes clear headings, themes, text boxes, primary source translations, and maps to assist students in understanding the Empire’s complex and lengthy history.

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This stunning new textbook traces the full history of the Ottoman Empire from its origins through to its dissolution in the early twentieth century

A Short History of the Ottoman Empire

By Renée Worringer

© 2021

The question of "who were the Ottomans" has occupied many scholars over the last hundred years. The Ottoman Empire was a formidable force involved in European politics and commerce almost since its inception; yet, despite its prominence, the Ottomans are often not emphasized in narratives of medieval and early modern Europe.

Beginning with an introduction to pre-Ottoman history, this book traces the emergence of the Ottoman Empire from the Turkic migrations out of Central Asia to their encounters with the Islamic world. It also explores the expansion of Ottoman rule not just into the Middle East but into the Balkans and North Africa. Uncovering the strategies behind the longevity of the Ottoman Empire, the author highlights the Empire’s pragmatism and flexibility in governing over vast territories and diverse peoples. Beautifully illustrated in full color throughout, A Short History of the Ottoman Empire utilizes clear headings, themes, text boxes, primary source translations, and maps to assist students in understanding the Empire’s complex and lengthy history.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 400 pages
  • Illustrations: 95
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Renée Worringer is an associate professor of Islamic and Middle East History in the Department of History at the University of Guelph.
  • Table of contents

    Acknowledgments

    An Introduction to Ottoman Historiography
    Sources of Ottoman History
    Chapter Outline
    Glossary of Terms

    1. The Early Ottoman Synthesis: Inheritors of Multiple Traditions

    Who are the Turks?
    Islamic Beginnings
    Islamic “Ghulam System” and “Mamluk” Slavery
    The Islamic Cultural Milieu
    The Medieval “Neighborhood”: Anatolia and the Middle East
    The House of Osman
    Islam and Non-Muslims on the Anatolian-Balkan Frontier

    2. The Ottoman Emirate: Consolidating Power, Evolving Strategies

    Some Chronology to 1402
    Alliance-Building and Legitimacy
    Shifting Succession, Open Succession, Reproductive Politics
    Early Provincial Administration and the Timar-Holding Sipahi Cavalry
    Kapıkulu Slaves: The Devşirme System and the Janissary Corps

    3. Ottoman Interregnum and Revival

    An Ottoman Family Divided
    Vassals, Venice, and Vexing Rebels
    Imperial Vision: Fatih Mehmed II
    The Siege of Constantinople
    Constructing an Ottoman Capital
    Communal Relations, or Evolution of the “Millet System”
    Ottoman Authority Reclaimed

    4. Becoming an Empire: Tools of State

    Dealing with the Unruly: Sürgün or “Resettlement”
    Managing Conquest: Vassals and Voivodes
    “Family Strife” and European Involvement: Bayezid II (r.1481-1512) and Cem
    Battle Formations, Weapons, and Siege Tactics
    Early Ottoman Naval Forces
    Ottoman Diplomacy, Naval Power, Friends and Enemies, Christian and Muslim
    The Safavid “Heresy”
    The Mamluk Sultanate, the “Southern Tier”

    5. Reaching Imperial Heights: Sixteenth Century Ottoman Empire

    “The Grand Turk”: Süleyman the Magnificent, Süleyman the Lawgiver (Kanuni)
    Sultan Süleyman’s Many Campaigns
    Structures of Empire and Ottoman Governance
    Projecting Ottoman Prestige
    Disruption in Succession
    From Center to Provinces
    Dynastic Upheaval Begins

    6. Life in the Ottoman Empire

    Ottoman Identities, Public Spaces, and Social Groupings
    Non-Human Animals in Ottoman Life
    Living, Loving, Learning, Dying: The Non-Elite Experience

    7. An Empire Changing: The Balance of Power at Home and Abroad

    Global Reordering and the Ottoman Position
    Sultanic Spectacle and Palace Dynamics
    War, Climate, Rebellion
    Ottoman “Decline”?
    Seventeenth-Century Chaos and Renewal: Kadızade Conservatism, Spiritual Millenarianism, the Köprülü Grand Vezirs

    8. Late-Seventeenth-Century Ottoman Disruptions, Eighteenth-Century Intrusions and Exchanges

    Trouble in the Northern Arc
    The Siege of Vienna 1683 and Ruinous Aftermath
    The “Edirne Incident” and a Changing Elite
    Imposing Neighbors, Europe is Knocking
    Cultural Exchanges: Eighteenth-Century Ottoman Intersections
    Late-Eighteenth-Century Disruptions

    9. The “Long” Nineteenth Century: Reform, Change, and the Rise of Nationalism

    “Defensive Modernization” Begins
    Besieged Within and Without
    Losing Egypt
    Ottoman Reform Amid Crises
    Nationalism Germinating
    The Crises Continue: Reform and Repercussions
    The Crimean War, Refugees, the Young Ottomans

    10. At Empire’s End

    Changes in Ottoman Lifestyle
    Precursors to Sectarian Violence and Mass Migrations
    The Ottoman Constitution and Parliament
    San Stefano, the Treaty of Berlin: Balkans Lost, Refugees Gained
    Sultan Abdülhamid II, Autocrat Modernizer
    The Young Turk Movement, Nationalism, and Revolution
    The Committee of Union and Progress in Power
    Arabism and the Naḥda

    11. The Empire at War

    The Ottomans Lose Europe
    CUP Crisis Management and the Coming of the Great War
    The Ottoman Empire, World War One
    The Armenian Genocide, April 1915 ~
    Secret Deals, the Arab Revolt
    Great War Ends, Anatolian War Continues, the Political Aftermath

    12. Epilogue: Ottoman Legacies and Turkey’s Ghosts

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