The Ottoman empire as a political entity comprised most of the
present Middle East (with the principal exception of Iran), north
Africa and south-eastern Europe. For over 500 years, until its
disintegration during World War I, it encompassed a diverse range
of ethnic, religious and linguistic communities with varying
political and cultural backgrounds.
Yet, was there such a thing as an 'Ottoman world' beyond the
principle of sultanic rule from Istanbul? Ottoman authority might
have been established largely by military conquest, but how was it
maintained for so long, over such distances and so many disparate
societies? How did provincial regions relate to the imperial centre
and what role was played in this by local elites? What did it mean
in practice, for ordinary people, to be part of an 'Ottoman
Arranged in five thematic sections, with contributions from
thirty specialist historians, The Ottoman World addresses these
questions, examining aspects of the social and socio-ideological
composition of this major pre-modern empire, and offers a
combination of broad synthesis and detailed investigation that is
both informative and intended to raise points for future debate.
The Ottoman World provides a unique coverage of the Ottoman empire,
widening its scope beyond Istanbul to the edges of the empire, and
offers key coverage for students and scholars alike.?
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