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The Turks: The Central Asian Civilization That Bridged the East and The West for Over Two Millennia (Turkish History Book 1)

By Erol I. Yorulmazoglu

Released: 2017-07-24
Kindle Edition (544 pages)

The Turks: The Central Asian Civilization That Bridged the East and The West for Over Two Millennia (Turkish History Book 1)
 
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The Turks is a breathtaking look at the history of the Turkish people and the land from which they originate. Rich and welcoming, this is a book that brings the past into the present and invites you to feel the breeze rise off the Bosporus.



As the author—an expert in the field of Turkish history and a former teacher at Chicago’s Turkish American School—welcomes you into the intricate and complex evolution of the Turkish language, you begin to grasp the extensive ways these people have influenced the world.



The Turks touched multiple continents throughout history. This book encourages you to walk in their footsteps and learn surprising facts along the way. Did you know, for example, that the Turks introduced horseback-riding stirrups to Europe?



Based on deep research and vision, The Turks incorporates the ideas of esteemed scholars to achieve greater depth of understanding of this extraordinary group of people. Along with the extensive reference resource list, The Turks contains a wealth of information.



Learning about the Turks means you are discovering more about humanity and civilization. When you immerse yourself in the culture of Turkey, you open your eyes to a rich history of powerful potential.

The Rise and Fall of the Ottoman Empire: The History of the Turkish Empire’s Creation and Its Destruction Over 600 Years Later

By Charles River Editors

Charles River Editors
Released: 2018-03-08
Kindle Edition (99 pages)

The Rise and Fall of the Ottoman Empire: The History of the Turkish Empire’s Creation and Its Destruction Over 600 Years Later
 
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In terms of geopolitics, perhaps the most seminal event of the Middle Ages was the successful Ottoman siege of Constantinople in 1453. The city had been an imperial capital as far back as the 4th century, when Constantine the Great shifted the power center of the Roman Empire there, effectively establishing two almost equally powerful halves of antiquity’s greatest empire. Constantinople would continue to serve as the capital of the Byzantine Empire even after the Western half of the Roman Empire collapsed in the late 5th century. Naturally, the Ottoman Empire would also use Constantinople as the capital of its empire after their conquest effectively ended the Byzantine Empire, and thanks to its strategic location, it has been a trading center for years and remains one today under the Turkish name of Istanbul.

The end of the Byzantine Empire had a profound effect not only on the Middle East but Europe as well. Constantinople had played a crucial part in the Crusades, and the fall of the Byzantines meant that the Ottomans now shared a border with Europe. The Islamic empire was viewed as a threat by the predominantly Christian continent to their west, and it took little time for different European nations to start clashing with the powerful Turks. In fact, the Ottomans would clash with Russians, Austrians, Venetians, Polish, and more before collapsing as a result of World War I, when they were part of the Central powers.

The Ottoman conquest of Constantinople also played a decisive role in fostering the Renaissance in Western Europe. The Byzantine Empire’s influence had helped ensure that it was the custodian of various ancient texts, most notably from the ancient Greeks, and when Constantinople fell, Byzantine refugees flocked west to seek refuge in Europe. Those refugees brought books that helped spark an interest in antiquity that fueled the Italian Renaissance and essentially put an end to the Middle Ages altogether.

The long agony of the “sick man of Europe,” an expression used by the Tsar of Russia to depict the falling Ottomans, could almost blind people to its incredible power and history. Preserving its mixed heritage, coming from both its geographic position rising above the ashes of the Byzantine Empire and the tradition inherited from the Muslim Conquests, the Ottoman Empire lasted more than six centuries. Its soldiers fought, died, and conquered lands on three different continents, making it one of the few stable multi-ethnic empires in history - and likely one of the last. Thus, it’s somewhat inevitable that the history of its dissolution is at the heart of complex geopolitical disputes, as well as sectarian tensions that are still key to understanding the Middle East, North Africa and the Balkans.

When studying the fall of the Ottoman Empire, historians have argued over the breaking point that saw a leading global power slowly become a decadent empire. The failed Battle of Vienna in 1683 is certainly an important turning point for the expanding empire; the defeat of Grand Vizier Kara Mustafa Pasha at the hands of a coalition led by the Austrian Habsburg dynasty, Holy Roman Empire and Polish-Lithuanian commonwealth marked the end of Ottoman expansionism. It was also the beginning of a slow decline during which the Ottoman Empire suffered multiple military defeats, found itself mired by corruption, and had to deal with the increasingly mutinous Janissaries (the Empire’s initial foot soldiers).

Despite it all, the Ottoman Empire would survive for over 200 more years, and in the last century of its life it strove to reform its military, administration and economy until it was finally dissolved.

The Ottoman Empire: A Captivating Guide to the Rise and Fall of the Turkish Empire and its Control Over Much of Southeast Europe, Western Asia, and North Africa

By Captivating History

Released: 2018-11-09
Kindle Edition (101 pages)

The Ottoman Empire: A Captivating Guide to the Rise and Fall of the Turkish Empire and its Control Over Much of Southeast Europe, Western Asia, and North Africa
 
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Explore the Captivating History of the Ottoman Empire


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The Ottoman world was nothing like an exotic fairytale featuring tyrant sultans, mean pashas, and ill-fated harem women. The true stories of genuine sultans and princes are a bit more complicated and no less exciting.

Incredible facts about this empire still surprise anyone who starts discovering those stories. You’ll find out that, for quite a while, this Islamic state was effectively ruled by women, and that’s just the beginning.

In The Ottoman Empire: A Captivating Guide to the Rise and Fall of the Turkish Empire and its Control Over Much of Southeast Europe, Western Asia, and North Africa, you will discover topics such as
  • The First Sultan
  • The Conqueror
  • The Just and the Resolute
  • The Magnificent
  • Friend
  • The Power of Harem
  • The Sultanate of Women
  • The Supreme Valide
  • Husbands and Sons
  • Grandest of the Grand
  • Flower Power: the Age of Tulips
  • Transformation
  • A Step toward Modernization
  • The Reorganization
  • The Last Absolute Ruler
  • The End of the Ottoman Empire
  • And much, much more!
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Legacy - The Birth of Modern Turkey

By Hugo N. Gerstl

Samuel Wachtman's Sons Inc
Paperback (782 pages)

Legacy - The Birth of Modern Turkey
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Today Turkey stands at the center of the world, the preeminent Middle Eastern power broker. With a teeming economy and the wealthy of the world outbidding one another to buy multimillion-dollar mansions on Istanbul’s Bosphorous, how could it be otherwise? And yet there are increasing signs that beneath the glittering exterior, Turkey is a dormant volcano ready to explode once again, as it has done so many times throughout history. The never-ending fight to bring freedom of the press and freedom of speech lies at the very core of this monumental tour de force, a gargantuan banquet for devotees of historical fiction. The reader endures the agony of shattering defeats, and ultimately celebrates the overwhelming triumph of the human spirit through four of the most memorable characters in modern literature. Above all, this is a coming-of-age story: the coming of age of modern Turkey. If you do not learn from the lessons of the past, you are doomed to repeat them. This epic tale is as ancient as eternity and as immediate as tomorrow. LEGACY is, quite simply, the most dynamic and rewarding epic saga you’ll ever read. Hugo N. Gerstl, famed American trial lawyer and celebrated author, is uniquely qualified to write about Turkey. He lived there during two of the most turbulent years of its history, fell in love with the land and its people, and has returned time and again. He has written a Turkish cookbook, a Turkish travel book, and eleven novels that have been translated worldwide. He is Dekel’s bestselling and most productive author. Although Gerstl is an American, his LEGACY was published in Turkey (titled MIRAS), one of the very few novels about Turkish history by a foreign author to be accorded such an honor.

Rebel Land: Unraveling the Riddle of History in a Turkish Town

By Christopher de Bellaigue

Penguin Press HC, The
Released: 2010-03-04
Hardcover (288 pages)

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An esteemed journalist travels to Turkey to investigate the legacy of the Armenian genocide and the quest for Kurdish statehood.

In 2001, Christopher de Bellaigue, then the Economist's correspondent in Istanbul, wrote a piece about the history of Turkey for The New York Review of Books. In it, he briefly discussed the killing and deportation of half a million Armenians in 1915. These massacres, he suggested, were best understood as part of the struggles that attended the end of the Ottoman empire.

After the story was published, the magazine was besieged with letters. This wasn't war, the correspondents said; it was genocide. And the death toll was not half a million but three times that many. De Bellaigue was mortified. How had he gotten it so wrong? He went back to Turkey, but found that the national archives had sealed all documents pertaining to those times. Undeterred and armed with a stack of contraband histories, he set out to the conflicted southeastern Turkish city of Varto to discover what had really happened.

There, de Bellaigue found a place in which the centuries-old conflict among Turks, Armenians, and Kurds was still very much alive. His government escort began their association by marching with him arm in arm through the town's shopping district to show his presence; the local police chief, sent by the central office in Ankara to keep an eye on the Kurds, was sure he was a spy. He found houses built from the ruins of old Armenian churches, young boys playing soccer with old skulls, and a cast of villagers who all seemed unwilling to talk.

What emerges is both an intellectual detective story and a reckoning with memory and identity that brings to life the basic conflicts of the Middle East: between statehood and religion, imperial borders and ethnic identity. Combining a deeply informed view of the area's history with the testimonials of the townspeople who slowly come to trust him, de Bellaigue unravels the enigma of the Turkish twentieth century, a time that contains the death of an empire, the founding of a nation, and the near extinction of a people. Rebel Land exposes the historical and emotional fault lines that lie behind many of today's headlines: about Turkey and its faltering bid for membership into the EU, about the Kurds and their bid for nationhood, and the Armenians' campaign for genocide recognition.



Becoming Turkish: Nationalist Reforms and Cultural Negotiations in Early Republican Turkey 1923-1945 (Modern Intellectual and Political History of the Middle East)

By Hale Yilmaz

Syracuse University Press
Paperback (352 pages)

Becoming Turkish: Nationalist Reforms and Cultural Negotiations in Early Republican Turkey 1923-1945 (Modern Intellectual and Political History of the Middle East)
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Becoming Turkish deepens our understanding of the modernist nation-building processes in post―Ottoman Turkey through a rare perspective that stresses social and cultural dimensions and everyday negotiations of the Kemalist reforms. Y?lmaz asks how the reforms were mediated on the ground and how ordinary citizens received, reacted to, and experienced them. She traces the experiences of the subaltern as well as the experiences of the elites and the mediators in the overall narrative―highlighting the relevance of class, gender, location, and urban and rural differences while also revealing the importance of nonideological, social, and psychological factors such as childhood and generations.

The Expansion and Apogee of the Ottoman Empire: The History of the Turkish Empire at the Height of Its Power

By Charles River Editors

Charles River Editors
Released: 2018-02-09
Kindle Edition (80 pages)

The Expansion and Apogee of the Ottoman Empire: The History of the Turkish Empire at the Height of Its Power
 
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In terms of geopolitics, perhaps the most seminal event of the Middle Ages was the successful Ottoman siege of Constantinople in 1453. The city had been an imperial capital as far back as the 4th century, when Constantine the Great shifted the power center of the Roman Empire there, effectively establishing two almost equally powerful halves of antiquity’s greatest empire. Constantinople would continue to serve as the capital of the Byzantine Empire even after the Western half of the Roman Empire collapsed in the late 5th century. Naturally, the Ottoman Empire would also use Constantinople as the capital of its empire after their conquest effectively ended the Byzantine Empire, and thanks to its strategic location, it has been a trading center for years and remains one today under the Turkish name of Istanbul.

The end of the Byzantine Empire had a profound effect not only on the Middle East but Europe as well. Constantinople had played a crucial part in the Crusades, and the fall of the Byzantines meant that the Ottomans now shared a border with Europe. The Islamic empire was viewed as a threat by the predominantly Christian continent to their west, and it took little time for different European nations to start clashing with the powerful Turks. In fact, the Ottomans would clash with Russians, Austrians, Venetians, Polish, and more before collapsing as a result of World War I, when they were part of the Central powers.

The Ottoman conquest of Constantinople also played a decisive role in fostering the Renaissance in Western Europe. The Byzantine Empire’s influence had helped ensure that it was the custodian of various ancient texts, most notably from the ancient Greeks, and when Constantinople fell, Byzantine refugees flocked west to seek refuge in Europe. Those refugees brought books that helped spark an interest in antiquity that fueled the Italian Renaissance and essentially put an end to the Middle Ages altogether.

In the wake of taking Constantinople, the Ottoman Empire would spend the next few centuries expanding its size, power, and influence, bumping up against Eastern Europe and becoming one of the world’s most important geopolitical players. It was a rise that would not truly start to wane until the 19th century. The Expansion and Apogee of the Ottoman Empire: The History of the Turkish Empire at the Height of Its Power examines what made the Turks’ empire and power grow. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about the apogee of the Ottoman Empire like never before.

A History of the ‘Alawis: From Medieval Aleppo to the Turkish Republic

By Stefan Winter

Princeton University Press
Paperback (328 pages)

A History of the ‘Alawis: From Medieval Aleppo to the Turkish Republic
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The ‘Alawis, or Alawites, are a prominent religious minority in northern Syria, Lebanon, and southern Turkey, best known today for enjoying disproportionate political power in war-torn Syria. In this book, Stefan Winter offers a complete history of the community, from the birth of the ‘Alawi (Nusayri) sect in the tenth century to just after World War I, the establishment of the French mandate over Syria, and the early years of the Turkish republic. Winter draws on a wealth of Ottoman archival records and other sources to show that the ‘Alawis were not historically persecuted as is often claimed, but rather were a fundamental part of Syrian and Turkish provincial society.

Winter argues that far from being excluded on the basis of their religion, the ‘Alawis were in fact fully integrated into the provincial administrative order. Profiting from the economic development of the coastal highlands, particularly in the Ottoman period, they fostered a new class of local notables and tribal leaders, participated in the modernizing educational, political, and military reforms of the nineteenth century, and expanded their area of settlement beyond its traditional mountain borders to emerge from centuries of Sunni imperial rule as a bona fide sectarian community.

Using an impressive array of primary materials spanning nearly ten centuries, A History of the ‘Alawis provides a crucial new narrative about the development of ‘Alawi society.

The Turkish Embassy Letters

By Mary Wortley Montagu

Broadview Press
Paperback (328 pages)

The Turkish Embassy Letters
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In 1716, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu’s husband Edward Montagu was appointed British ambassador to the Sublime Porte of the Ottoman Empire. Montagu accompanied her husband to Turkey and wrote an extraordinary series of letters that recorded her experiences as a traveller and her impressions of Ottoman culture and society.

This Broadview edition includes a broad selection of related historical documents on Turkey, women in the Arab world, Islam, and “Oriental” tales written in Europe.



 
 
 

 
 
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