How did the late Ottoman Empire grapple with the challenge of modernity and survive? Rejecting explanations based on the concept of an Islamic empire, or the tired paradigm of the Eastern Question, the author argues that far richer insights can be gained by focusing on imperial ideology and drawing out the striking similarities between the Ottoman and other late legitimist empires like Russia, Austria and Japan.
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Selim Deringil is Professor of History at Bogaziçi University, Istanbul.
""...chronicles the desperate struggle of Abdulhamid II to preserve a world that was slipping from under his feet..."" -- Journal of Contemporary History
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