Lords of the Horizons: A History of the Ottoman Empire
Of course Niccolo also said that conquering the Ottomans would be most difficult, but afterwards rather easy to hold or occupy. It is good being glib. I violated my latest reading plan over the holiday weekend.
Ottomans did not, on the whole, engage in trade; they worked in administration; their minorities, Gr ...more
From the birth of Osman Bey in 1281, which set a spark around the Sea of Marmara to engulf Byzantium in a Muslim fire that roared across the Dardanelles to the Adriatic, and in less than a century was consuming the Balkans. After Constantinople fell ...more
"There is a great difference between our loss and yours. You ...more
I was lucky enough to read this book in Istanbul. These stra ...more
Jason Goodwin's argues in Lords of the Horizons: A history of the Ottoman Empire that the Ottoman empire grew through militarism and strong central organization but declined into a failed state through the devices of ineptitude and greed. The monograph is divided into three parts: the first discusses origins of the Ottomans and their ascendancy through military campaigns, the second overviews a period of stagnation and change as policies shifted from military to political endeavors, and the thi...more
I finished the ...more
John Julius Norwich's 3-volume epic on Byzantium perfectly is a striking difference in its part dealing with Ottomans.
And I heard there's a better book on Ottoman Empire out there...
This is a general, introductory type history to a subject I personally know little about, and hoped to learn more, except I did not find it all that informative.
For starters the author, Jason Goodwin, throws out names of Renaissance European visitors to the court of the Ottoman sultan(?) like I'm supposed to be familiar with them. Perhaps if I went to school in the United Kingdom I might be aware to who is whom but, I did not.
If you want to be entertained, do read this, but at the risk of also ...more