Imperial legacy : the Ottoman imprint on the Balkans and the Middle East /
edited by L. Carl Brown.
New York : Columbia University Press, c1996.
xvi, 337 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
0231103042 (alk. paper)
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New York : Columbia University Press, c1996.
0231103042 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [307]-313) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1996-06-01:
A feast of thoughtful and informative essays, this timely collection explores an age-old issue: the impact of the past on the present. Contributors--whose names make a very impressive list--consider the political, administrative, diplomatic, linguistic, economic, military, religious, and educational influences of the Ottoman Empire on its successor states in the Balkans and in the Arab world. If, as the editor remarks, the studies "aim more for broad themes than discrete detail," they provide substance enough for thorough lessons in historical influence. Both Maria Todorova's essay on the Ottoman Balkans and Karl Barbir's on the Ottomans in Arab lands weigh historical reality against interpretation and ideology. Each is paired with an essay that considers the practical effects of imperial policies on national boundaries, Dennison Rusinow's on Yugoslavia's and Andre Raymond's on those of the Arab states. Ergun Ozbudun argues that the Ottomans left to the Middle East the tradition of a strong and centralized state, while William Ochsenwald credits the Ottomans with bequeathing a relatively tolerant Sunni Islam. Some of the contributors--Bernard Lewis, Carter Findley, Charles Issawi--have done book-length studies of the subjects they treat in brief here. Maps and photos. All levels. L. M. Lewis Eastern Kentucky University
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Main Description
The Ottoman Empire ranks alongside the Roman and Byzantine as one of the most powerful and long-lasting imperial systems in world history. In existence from the late thirteenth century until 1923 and embracing at its height most of Southeastern Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa, it was certainly the most imposing and arguably the most influential political system over the course of more than a millennium of Islamic history. Though the Ottoman Empire left an indelible mark on people in many parts of the world, in the modern West its influence is little understood. For many living in former Ottoman-controlled regions, this heritage is often rejected or misrepresented as unwanted alien domination. Imperial Legacy gathers together distinguished scholars to demonstrate how the Ottoman legacy continues to shape patterns of behavior and perception among the peoples of Western Asia, Northern Africa, and Southeastern Europe. The authors also explore how this complex history is reinscribed by nations and ethnic groups in the building of ideologies and identities today. Ranging widely through issues including politics, diplomacy, education, language, and religion, these essays also address the different regional perspectives on the Ottoman Legacy found in the Arab world, the Balkans, and the Republic of Turkey. Imperial Legacy enriches our understanding of the Ottoman past and provides needed insights into the post-Ottoman present.
Table of Contents
The Background: An Introduction
Perceptions and Parallels
The Meaning of Legacy: The Ottoman Case
The Problem of Perceptions
The Arab World and the Balkans
The Ottoman Legacy in the Balkans
Yougoslavia's Disintegration and the Ottoman Past
Memory, Heritage, and History: The Ottomans and the Arabs
The Ottoman Legacy in Arab Political Boundaries
The Political Dimension
The Ottoman Legacy and the Middle East State Tradition
The Ottoman Administrative Legacy and the Modern Middle East
Ottoman Diplomacy and its Legacy
The Imperial Language
The Ottoman Legacy to Contemporary Political Arabic
The Ottoman Legacy in Language
Europe, Economics and War
The Economic Legacy
The Military Legacy
Religion and Culture
Islam and the Ottoman Legacy in the Modern Middle East
The Ottoman Educational Legacy: Myth or Reality?
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