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

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This work is an account of the structure of the government of the Ottoman Empire from its foundation to the mid-17th century. Going beyond a simple narrative of Ottoman achievements, Colin Imber uses original sources and research, as well as the rapidly expanding body of modern research on the subject, to show how this complex state worked in practice.
Paperback, 448 pages
Published December 1st 2004 by Palgrave MacMillan (first published March 14th 1994)
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Kelly
Jan 19, 2010 Kelly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: students of Turkey, the Ottoman Empire, social history
This is a portrait of the building of an Empire, how its institutions came into being and how they changed over the course of three centuries. I was particularly struck by what a great job Imber did showing us the gradual centralization of power on the sultan. The sense of inevitable, dangerous, ambiguous isolation was just overwhelming as in chapter after chapter Imber leads us from obscure origins to splendid, thrice gated palaces full of people who can't remember what the outside world looks ...more
Anand Gopal
Jan 08, 2016 Anand Gopal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent introduction to the early and classical Ottoman period (1300-1650). The book begins with a useful chronological overview (though sometimes with numbing detail of battles, palace intrigue, and executions), followed by thematic chapters that can be more or less read independently of each other: the palace, the provinces, recruitment (e.g., the collection of slaves), taxation, etc. This is top-down history, so don't expect any detail on what Ottoman subjects thought or how they lived, ...more
Olethros
Apr 03, 2013 Olethros rated it liked it
-¿Hubo otras Prusias? A veces lo parece-.

Género. Historia.

Lo que nos cuenta. Primero, la formación, desarrollo y cénit de la Sublime Puerta, breve y en orden estrictamente cronológico, y después la descripción de su estructuras de gobierno, justicia y militares, desde un punto de vista eminentemente organizativo y de administración.

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Alexander
Dec 30, 2016 Alexander rated it really liked it
Interesting history on the formation and growth of the Ottomans. Strong dynastic rule tying everything to the Sultan doesn't leave a lot of room for real nation building, so it's easy to see how the Empire will unravel as time marches forward.
Eti
Sep 28, 2015 Eti rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sangat menarik, dengan informasi yang detail dan referensi yang luas, walaupun sebagai karya ilmiah, buku ini cukup membosankan untuk dibaca.
Mengenai Kerajaan (Kekaisaran) Ottoman sendiri, saya hanya dapat berkomentar: luar biasa. Ini kerajaan yang luar biasa yang pernah ada. Kerajaan dengan karakter militer yang sangat kuat, walaupun di akhir masa kejayaannya, karakter ini semakin luntur. Kerajaan yang agung, namun mengerikan (bagian paling mengerikan adalah tentang suksesi yang melibatkan pemb
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Tim
Jul 20, 2012 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As well as a good general introduction to and overview of the subject, with distinct and easy to reference chapters on individual topics (the law, the army etc) this book has a lot of interesting detail that even readers quite versed in Ottoman history will be new to, especially the sections on the Ottoman campaigns against Iran in the late 16th and early 17th c., and the navy.

Succinct yet packed with detail, this book should be in the collection of anyone interested in Ottoman history.
Olethros
-¿Hubo otras Prusias? A veces lo parece-.

Género. Historia.

Lo que nos cuenta. Primero, la formación, desarrollo y cénit de la Sublime Puerta, breve y en orden estrictamente cronológico, y después la descripción de su estructuras de gobierno, justicia y militares, desde un punto de vista eminentemente organizativo y de administración.

¿Quiere saber más del libro, sin spoilers? Visite:

http://librosdeolethros.blogspot.com/...
Carrie
Oct 07, 2013 Carrie rated it liked it
This book was assigned as a main textbook for a course I am taking on the Ottoman Empire. Overall it was quite interesting, but the chronology portion of the book (about the first 1/3) was really chunky and clunky, throwing names and dates everywhere without providing much context. The portions of the book following that, however, were fantastic and riddled with great details as well as the context to make sense of them.
Olethros
-¿Hubo otras Prusias? A veces lo parece-.

Género. Historia.

Lo que nos cuenta. Primero, la formación, desarrollo y cénit de la Sublime Puerta, breve y en orden estrictamente cronológico, y después la descripción de su estructuras de gobierno, justicia y militares, desde un punto de vista eminentemente organizativo y de administración.

¿Quiere saber más del libro, sin spoilers? Visite:

http://librosdeolethros.blogspot.com/...
Emrah Emir
Oct 24, 2008 Emrah Emir rated it it was amazing
Before I read this book in the summer of my penultimate year at university, I had a general but clouded understanding of Turkish history. This book broke me in to academically assessed and argued opinions regarding the focal years of Ottoman history. Most notably, it taught me that my own lineage descends from Turks who defied the Ottomans. Mind blowing.
Ruhat alp
Aug 21, 2012 Ruhat alp rated it really liked it
Osmanlı kuruluşunu karadeliğe benzeten,bir anlamda Osmanlı Devleti'nin Kuruluş Dönemi yazılamaz diyen bir yazar.Gerekçesi; Osmanlı kuruluşuna dair eserlerin kuruluştan 100-150 sene sonra yazılması ve bu eserlerin destansı,menkıbevi metinler olması.iddialı bir tez.Belki biraz oryantalist...
Robert Gallasch
Mar 29, 2016 Robert Gallasch rated it it was amazing
Exceptional book... extremely well researched and written. Lots of very useful details of administration, taxation and the underpinning of how the Ottoman empire functioned.
Gail
Feb 20, 2009 Gail rated it it was ok
i read this book as a study guide for a history group while studying the Ottoman empire. Fine for that purpose, but quite dull otherwise.
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Colin Imber was Reader in Turkish at the University of Manchester, UK until his recent retirement.
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