The Frontiers of the Ottoman World (British Academy)

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This is the first major comparative study of the frontiers of the Ottoman Empire, one of the crucial forces that shaped the modern world. The essays combine archaeological and historical approaches to further understanding of how this major empire approached the challenge of controlling frontiers as diverse and far-flung as Central and Eastern Europe, Anatolia, Iraq, Arabia and the Sudan.

Ranging across the 15th to early 20th centuries, essays cover frontier fortifications, administration, society and economy and shed light on the Ottomans' interaction with their neighbors, both Muslim and Christian, through warfare, trade and diplomacy. As well as summing up the current state of knowledge they also point the way to fresh avenues of research.

The Frontiers of the Ottoman World is essential reading for historians and archaeologists of the Middle East and early modern Central and Eastern Europe. Giving a particular prominence to the nascent discipline of Ottoman archaeology, the volume will also be of particular interest to students of Islamic archaeology.

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A.C.S. Peacock is Assistant Director of the British Institute at Ankara.

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rich illustrations, as well as the use of full footnotes rather than endnotes, make this a very user-friendly book. Produced to the highest standard, it belongs in the library of any individual or institution interested in the Ottoman Empire as a whole or its former provinces. * Dimitris J. Kastritsis, Journal of Arabian Studies * [a] beautifully produced book * Peter Clark, Asian Affairs * represents a major and welcome contribution to the study of Ottoman frontiers. The thematic, methodological, geographic and chronological diversity of the essays contained in it may be of great use to any reader interested in the subject, not only with regard to the new evidence presented, but also, and even more importantly so, for the new questions that this essay collection may generate in the process of the further study of the Ottoman frontier. * Nikolay Antov, Comparativ * This is a mixed volume, with a variety of approaches ... It is clear, however, that archaeological research has much to offer and will make a significant contribution to Ottoman historical study. * Christine Woodhead, English Historical Review * This is a very welcome volume ... Taken together, the articles in the collection cover a remarkable geographical and chronological range ... the editor and contributors have produced a fine volume, presenting both concrete results and invaluable guidelines for future research. * Colin Imber, Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies *

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