The Ottoman centuries: the rise and fall of the Turkish empire / Lord Kinross Summary: The Ottoman Empire began in under the almost legendary. The Ottoman Empire began in under the almost legendary Osman I, The Ottoman Centuries: The Rise and Fall of the Turkish Empire Lord Kinross. The Ottoman Centuries: The Rise and Fall of the Turkish Empire. Front Cover. Patrick Balfour Baron Kinross. Cape, – History Lord Kinross No preview.

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The Ottoman Centuries by Lord Kinross

I could not put this book down during some parts, particularly the chapters on Mehmed the Conqueror, Suleiman the Lttoman, and Mahmud II. Diplomacy and the many treaties entered into over the years also get intelligent treatment, and an occasional foray is made into economic development. When it arrived in the mail, I was initially apprehensive of its length more than pagesbut am happy to report that the author has done an outstanding job, such that the reading journey through the centuries, and seemingly endless similarly-named sultans and gra This book follows the rise and fall of the Ottoman Empire from the early fourteenth century to World War I.

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In the early 20th century as tensions heightened toward war, the weakened Ottoman Empire found its only ally in Germany, formerly Prussia, which in the past had helped to train Ottoman soldiers. His forces captured the capital of the Christian Byzantine Empire, Constantinople, in and renamed it Istanbul.

That same perspective is valuable in interpreting today’s tension over whether countries like Afghanistan should adopt religious or secular governing frameworks.

The Ottoman Centuries

We read it aloud to our children, and they loved it too! At the same time he delineates his characters with obvious zest, displaying them in all their extravagance, audacity and, sometimes, ruthlessness.

Aug 13, Steve rated it really liked it. Very good condition ISBN: Pan-Turkism rates only a couple small paragraphs and names such as Ziya Gokalp do not appear.


Still, I wouldn’t recommend it as a casual read, unless you are a real history buff. It finally ends with the end of the empire and the birth of the nation state, the modern Turkey as we know.

The early history draws on other works I’ve read. Return to Book Page. My one criticism is that I felt from my supplementary reading that it did gloss over or almost whitewash some of the Ottomans’ medieval cruelties, particularly under Mehmed II and Suleiman the Magnificent, which were a step up from what the rest of Europe was usually doing. Bingo Used Books Published: In its grand sweep, spanning 7 centuries The change between medieval and colonial Europe simply makes no sense except in the context of the Ottoman Empire.

I wanted to find a book on Suleiman The Magnificent, but instead found a few books about the Ottoman Empire in general, and this was the one that best fitted my expectations. The era of reform and repeated relapse from the Tanzimat onwards was also really interesting because of ottomqn it narrated the difficulty of reform in a country that needed it to survive but which was dead set against it, and how it played out, alternating between reform through tyranny, reform through constitutional rule, stagnation despite constitutional rule, and stagnation through tyrrany.

I found the earlier parts of the Ottoman Empire more interesting, learning about how the centhries few Sultans were able to form their new dynasty. In this definitive history of the Ottoman Empire, Lord Kinross, painstaking ,inross and superb writer, never loses sight of the larger issues, economic, political, and social.

Read this book if you want to get to know and understand For those who want an overview, just read the ten page epilogue, where Kinross summarizes the major events and trends of the era.

Be sure to let us know when you are in Cappadocia. Siding hhe Germany, the Ottomans ended up on the losing side of the war and hence saw their empire reduced to basically what is now modern-day Turkey. Open Preview See a Problem?

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Totoman this definitive history of the Ottoman Empire, Lord Kinross, painstaking historian The Ottoman Empire began in under the almost legendary Osman I, reached its apogee in the sixteenth century knross 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.


There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Gil’s Book Loft Published: Shirley Limited preview – My library Help Advanced Book Search. It is instead a solid bedrock to lay the foundation for other works, such as The Ottoman Age of Exploration.

It was a bit dry at times, but I appreciate thorough research and details when reading historical overviews. Feb 19, Happyreader rated it really liked it Shelves: Author is also known as Lord Kinross. Page 27 – Nicomedia, at the head of a long gulf commanding the sea route to Constantinople, and the overland route to the Black Sea.

Ad Infinitum Books Condition: It is a long look at an admired subject, all told in one volume without going outside the confines of established historical study.

Ottoman Centuries

Ottoman Centuries Morrow Quill Paperbacks. Harper CollinsAug 1, – History – pages. Centuries later, from this new homeland arose a succession of Sultans powerful enough to not only build an expanding empire of warriors, scholars, governors and landowners throughout Asia, Europe and parts of the Middle East and Africa, but to keep neighboring Christians to the West in near-constant fear.

Fhe being a Scotsman, Lord Kinross has written a very balanced and readable Ottoman history. Jul 24, Steven James rated it it was amazing Shelves: How the Ottoman Empire at different times disrupted and maintained the balance of power in both Europe and Asia.

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