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How the West Came to Rule The Geopolitical Origins of
How the West Came to Rule: The Geopolitical Origins of Capitalism

Over the course of the past 300 years, how does leadership compare from ‘East’ to ‘West’ in terms of both economic and...

Monday, January 1, 2018

Die Tükei die Juden und der Holocaust
Die Tükei, die Juden und der Holocaust

Within a larger trend of critically rewriting the history of the early Turkish Republic, the history of the Jews in 20th...

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Atatürk An Intellectual Biography
Atatürk: An Intellectual Biography

This work by M. Şükrü Hanioğlu somewhat represents a departure from previous work on the subject in that it seeks to...

Monday, October 1, 2012

Spatial Conceptions of the Nation Modernizing Geographies in Greece and
Spatial Conceptions of the Nation: Modernizing Geographies in Greece and Turkey

This volume edited by P. Nikiforos Diamandouros, Thalia Dragonas, and Çağlar Keyder is the third of a very interesting...

Monday, April 1, 2013

Against Massacre Humanitarian Interventions in the Ottoman Empire 1815-1914
Against Massacre: Humanitarian Interventions in the Ottoman Empire 1815-1914

The concept of humanitarian intervention and international practice in the nineteenth and early twentieth century is the...

Monday, July 1, 2013

The Emergence of Minorities in the Middle East The Politics
The Emergence of Minorities in the Middle East. The Politics of Community in French Mandate Syria

Ethnic and religious minorities – and concomitant majorities – do not just exist sui generis. They have to be constructed...

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Biography of an Empire Governing Ottomans in an Age of
Biography of an Empire Governing Ottomans in an Age of Revolution

Christine M. Philliou’s meticulous study, rooted in a harmony of multiple theoretical and methodological perspectives,...

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Berlin-Baghdad Express The Ottoman Empire and Germany s Bid
The Berlin-Baghdad Express The Ottoman Empire and Germany’s Bid for World Power

Sean McMeekin’s book is a critical reading of the history of German involvement in the Middle East during World War I. It...

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Ottoman Imperial Diplomacy A Political Social and Cultural History
Ottoman Imperial Diplomacy: A Political, Social and Cultural History

Doğan Gürpınar’s most recent contribution to Late Ottoman History places the formation of modern Turkish nationalism not...

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Ottomans Imagining Japan East Middle East and Non-Western Modernity at
Ottomans Imagining Japan: East, Middle East, and Non-Western Modernity at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

The division of the world into the “West and the “East” continues to exert substantial influence on the way we see,...

Friday, January 1, 2016

The Ottoman Culture of Defeat The Balkan Wars and Their
The Ottoman Culture of Defeat: The Balkan Wars and Their Aftermath

The Balkan Wars are among the harshest defeats the Ottomans ever experienced. The shock that was felt with the loss of the...

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Opposition and Legitimacy in the Ottoman Empire
Opposition and Legitimacy in the Ottoman Empire

The history of rebellions in the Ottoman Empire during the early modern period has received a fair degree of coverage by...

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Women and Slavery in the Late Ottoman Empire The Design
Women and Slavery in the Late Ottoman Empire: The Design of Difference

Professor Zilfi, a well-established, leading historian of the Ottoman Empire, has joined the small but constantly growing...

Friday, July 1, 2011

A Moveable Empire Ottoman Nomads Migrants and Refugees
A Moveable Empire: Ottoman Nomads, Migrants and Refugees

Reşat Kasaba is a well-established, highly competent social scientist with a profound interest in the study of...

Friday, July 1, 2011

he Roots of Balkanization Eastern Europe C E 500-1500
he Roots of Balkanization: Eastern Europe C.E. 500-1500

In his book, Ion Grumeza ambitiously sets about “to fill a gap with authoritative material on how the process of...

Friday, July 1, 2011

Turkey A Short History
Turkey: A Short History

Turkey’s role in the contemporary world continues to be a subject of intense debate, especially at a time when its...

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Still Awaited A Truly Objective History of the Making of
Still Awaited: A Truly Objective History of the Making of the Modern Middle East

We are now witnessing a harvest of new history books on the making of the modern Middle East. Five are chosen for a...

Sunday, January 1, 2017

A Brief History of the Late Ottoman Empire
A Brief History of the Late Ottoman Empire

In light of the many texts that have been published recently which explore the vast history of the Ottoman Empire, a...

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Living in the Ottoman Ecumenical Community Essays in Honour of
Living in the Ottoman Ecumenical Community: Essays in Honour of Suraiya Faroqhi

This volume is composed of twenty- four essays by many prominent figures in Ottoman studies in Europe as well as North...

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Turkish Foreign Policy in the Balkans and Neo-Ottomanism A Personal
Turkish Foreign Policy in the Balkans and “Neo-Ottomanism”: A Personal Account

This essay examines the influence and performance as well as the perception of the new, pro-active Turkish foreign policy...

Friday, July 1, 2011

Turkey A Short History
Turkey: A Short History

Early on in this slim account of 1,300 years’ of Turkish history, Norman Stone suggests: “If you are Turkish you have to...

Sunday, April 1, 2012