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The Ottoman Empire, 1300-1650 The Structure of Power by Colin Imber

The Ottoman Empire, 1300-1650 The Structure of Power


The Ottoman Empire, 1300-1650 The Structure of Power by Colin Imber

An essential introductory textbook that provides students with an authoritative survey of the history of the Ottoman Empire: from its obscure origins in the fourteenth century, through its rise to world-power status, to the troubled times of the seventeenth century. Colin Imber explores how the Sultans governed their realms and the limits on their authority. This is an ideal core text for modules on Ottoman History or the Ottoman Empire - or a supplementary text for broader modules on Mediterranean History, Early Modern History, Islamic History, Middle Eastern History, Turkish History or Imperial History - which may be offered at the upper levels of an undergraduate History, Turkish, European Studies or Middle Eastern Studies degree. In addition it is a crucial resource for students who may be studying the Ottoman Empire for the first time as part of a taught postgraduate degree in Early Modern History, Turkish, or Islamic Studies.


'Colin Imber has expanded and updated his masterly survey of the Ottoman state down to the mid-seventeenth century to take account of important recent developments in the field, and to add a lucid account of the labyrinthine Ottoman taxation system. He has produced a valuable and informative study which manages to combine real in-depth insights into the institutions and the remarkably 'other'
power structures of the Ottoman empire with a vigorous and often pithy style which wears its learning lightly. A must for all actual and wanna

-be Ottomanists.' - Colin Heywood, University of Hull, UK 'Colin Imber's book remains the best overview of the early Ottoman institutions. The updates and the addition of a new chapter on taxation make it even better.' - Gabor Agoston, Georgetown University,USA, co-author of the Encyclopedia of the Ottoman Empire

About the Author

COLIN IMBER was Reader in Turkish at the University of Manchester, UK until his recent retirement.

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Publication date

26th August 2009


Colin Imber

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Palgrave an imprint of Palgrave Macmillan


448 pages


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