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The Decline and Fall of the Ottoman Empire by Alan Palmer
  

The Decline and Fall of the Ottoman Empire

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The Decline and Fall of the Ottoman Empire by Alan Palmer

Time and time again from the seventeenth century onward observers predicted the collapse of the Ottoman Empire; yet it outlived all its rivals. As late as 1910 it straddled three continents and was still recognised as an imperial dynasty during the peace-making that followed the Great War.Alan Palmer offers a fascinating overview of the Ottoman Empire's decline, from the failure to take Vienna in 1683 to the abolition of the Sultanate in 1922 by Mustafa Kemal. It deals with constantly recurring problems - vying secular and religious authority; acceptance or rejection of Western ideas; greedy neighbours; population movements; and the strength or weakness of successive sultans.The twenty-first century has put the problems that faced the later sultans back upon the world agenda. Places such as Basra and Mosul have again made headlines; likewise Libya and the Lebanon, Armenia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. As Alan Palmer shows, the Ottoman past retains a deep and troubling relevance for all of us.'A scholarly, readable and balanced history.' Independent

About the Author

Alan Palmer is the author of historical biographies including Tsar Alexander I, Metternich, Bernadotte, Bismarck, Kaiser Wilhelm II and a brief life of Kemal Ataturk. He has written several military and diplomatic histories as well as a book on London's East End, and he is also author of The Penguin Dictionary of Modern HIstory, 1789-1945 and of its companion, The Penguin Dictionary of Twentieth Century History.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st May 2011

Author

Alan Palmer

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Publisher

Faber & Faber

Format

Paperback
332 pages

Categories

History

ISBN

9780571278138

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