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A Brief History of the Late Ottoman Empire
At the turn of the nineteenth century, the Ottoman Empire straddled three continents and encompassed extraordinary ethnic and cultural diversity among the estimated thirty million people living within its borders. It was perhaps the most cosmopolitan state in the world--and possibly the most volatile. A Brief History of the Late Ottoman Empire now gives scholars and genera ...more
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Great history of the Ottoman Empire with the biggest focus on the 19th century up until the bitter end. Some bits are tough to get through (i.e. some of the economic history can be a little dull) but for the most part it reads almost like a novel. Not my favorite book about the region, but Hanioğlu is very knowledgeable and presents his view in a pretty unbiased manner, which can be tough to do when dealing with what is this politically/socially volatile part of the world. Best parts revolve aro ...more
Sep 29, 2015 Paul rated it really liked it · review of another edition
M. Şükrü Hanioğlu’s A Brief History of the Late Ottoman Empire is intended as a broad introductory text for its eponymous topic, but one that provides more than a mere recapitulation of the most recent secondary literature. Taking a critical approach and, at times, utilizing primary sources to present illustrative examples of his assertions, the author argues that late Ottoman history was not part of a teleological process and was more than a simple struggle between competing ideologies. He fram ...more
This was a required reading for a course in Ottoman history. It was a good read overall, had a good narrative and flowed well. However, it was a bit short on some important issues/people like the Greek rebellion and Mehmed Ali to name a few and Hanioglu tended to make some sweeping generalizations, which can be problematic. Overall though I did learn a lot, it was well organized, and had a good narrative that really brought out the tumultus history of the late Ottoman empire.