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Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent (r.1520-1566) dominated the eastern Mediterranean and Ottoman worlds - and the imagination of his contemporaries - very much as his fellow sovereigns Charles V, Francis I and Henry VIII in the west. He greatly expanded the Ottoman empire, capturing Rhodes, Belgrade, Hungary, the Red Sea coast of Arabia, and even besieging Vienna. Patron and legislator as well as conqueror, he stamped his name on an age. These specially-commissioned essays by leading experts examine Suleyman's reign in its wider political and diplomatic context, both Ottoman and European.
The contributors are: Peter Burke; Geza David; Suraiaya Faroqhi; Peter Holt; Colin Imber; Salih Uzbaran; Metin Kunt; Christine Woodhead; and Ann Williams.
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Description du livre Longman, 1995. Hardcover. État : Good. Etat de la jaquette : Good. 1st Edition. xiii + 218pp, 22x14cm, NOT ex-library. Clipped lower outer corner of one leaf pp 171-2 (a neat diagonal cut not affecting the text, page numbers remain visible), a tiny mark in lower margin of p.171, a short fold on a corner of another leaf. Else interior is very good: clean, bright, untanned, with unmarked text, free of inscriptions and stamps. Black boards with a couple of scuff- & storage marks, faint handling wear. Dust jacket shows fraying to tips of upper corners, one short tear, regular shelfwear, moderate edgewear (scuffing & creasing). -- Süleyman the Magnificent dominated the Ottoman and the eastern Mediterranean worlds - and the imaginations of his contemporaries. During his reign (1520-1566) the Ottoman Empire expanded hugely. The sultan ruled over territories from Algiers to Azerbaijan, from Budapest to Baghdad and Basra, and from the Crimea to Qatif in the Persian Gulf and Mocha in Yemen. He controlled three-quarters of the Mediterranean shores. His armies even besieged Vienna. But Süleyman was more than a conqueror: it was also as patron and legislator that he stamped his name on his age. He provides a fascinating comparison with his fellow sovereigns in the west, Charles V, Francis I and Henry VIII. Yet Süleyman and his world remain much less well known today. This book is a welcome contribution to a wider understanding of the man and his times. It consists of eight specially written chapters by an international group of experts, arranged in two sections each with its own introduction. These deal - separately, but in relation to each other - with the reality of Ottoman power and the ideology of Ottoman statecraft. The two parts are in turn prefaced by a substantial general Introduction which sets the scene by reviewing the early development of the Ottoman state up to the age of Süleyman. Part I, on the reality of Ottoman power, concentrates on Ottoman problems and policies in the 16th century, with chapters on Ottoman expansion in the Mediterranean and in the Indian Ocean. Next section reviews the administration of Ottoman Europe and concludes with a wide-ranging chapter on Ottoman politics and social change. Part II considers the ideology of statecraft in Süleyman's world, and particularly the concept of a 'golden age' that had such influence on both the Ottomans and the west at the time. It does so from various angles (such as a contrasting study of the concept of the 'golden age' in Renaissance Europe). The final chapter considers different perspectives on Süleyman and brings together the main lines of earlier discussion. The book is completed by a useful apparatus containing a list of early Ottoman sultans, glossary, bibliography, maps, and a particularly full index. Contents: INTRODUCTION Metin Kunt: State and Sultan Up to the Age of Süleyman: Frontier Principality to World Empire (Ottoman Origins & Early Development; Frontier in Europe: Gazi Ideology; From Gazi Emirate to Sultanate; Mehmed II & the Conquest of Constantinople; Towards Süleyman's World Empire; Ottoman State as a Dynastic Empire); I. SIXTEENTH-CENTURY OTTOMAN POLICIES & PROBLEMS M.Kunt: Introduction; Ann Williams: Mediterranean Conflict; Salih Özbaran: Ottoman Naval Policy in the South; Géza Dávid: Administration in Ottoman Europe (Balkans; Hungary; Regional Administrative Variations; European Vassals); Suraiya Faroqhi: Politics & Socio-Economic Change in the Ottoman Empire of the Later 16th Century (Central & Provincial Elites; Trade, Wealth & Politics; Social Tensions Within the State; Conclusion: The Askeri as a Class); II. IDEAL SULTAN, IDEAL STATE Christine Woodhead: Introduction; P.M. Holt: Sultan as Ideal Ruler: Ayyubid & Mamluk Prototypes; Colin Imber: Ideals & Legitimation in Early Ottoman History; Peter Burke: Concepts of the 'Golden Age' in the Renaissance; C.Woodhead: Perspectives on Süleyman; Ottoman Sultans to Mid-17th Century; Glossary of Ottoman Turkish Terms; Bibliographical Guide; Maps; Index. N° de réf. du libraire 002826