An Ottoman Statesman in War and Peace: Ahmed Resmi Efendi 1700-1783 (The Ottoman Empire and Its Heritage : Politics, Society and Economy, Vol 3)

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This study of the life and milieu of a statesman, utilizing a wide array of hitherto unused chronicle and documentary material, offers new insights into many aspects of Ottoman eighteenth-century society. Subjects touched upon include career development and patronage in the central bureaucracy, increasing knowledge and interest in European diplomacy, and the impact of war on traditional attitudes. Of particular interest is the section on the 1768-74 Russo-Turkish War, a traumatic awakening for the Ottomans, who yielded significant territory, but were also faced with the necessity of reconstructing a polity and ideology which no longer produced results on the battlefield. Ahmed Resmi was the first of a new generation of statesmen who saw real virtue in the rationalization of war and the need for peace within prescribed borders.

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Virginia H. Aksan, Ph.D. (1991) in Middle East and Islamic History, University of Toronto, is Assistant Professor in Islamic History at McMaster University. Her current research focus is war and society in the Ottoman Empire.

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'...Aksan leaves few questions unanswered. Her book is satisfying synthesis of detail and big ideas.'
Palmira Brummett, IJMES, 1996.
'This is a convincing and stimulating study which offers much more than its title suggests. Its lucidity and scope should render it as easily accessible and useful to European historians as to ottomanists. It is a significant contribution to our understanding of the eighteenth-century Ottoman state.'
Christine Woodhead, Journal of Islamic studies, 1997.

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Published by Brill, Netherlands (1995)
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Book Description Brill, Netherlands, 1995. Hardback. Condition: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. This study of the life and milieu of a statesman, utilizing a wide array of hitherto unused chronicle and documentary material, offers new insights into many aspects of Ottoman eighteenth-century society. Subjects touched upon include career development and patronage in the central bureaucracy, increasing knowledge and interest in European diplomacy, and the impact of war on traditional attitudes. Of particular interest is the section on the 1768-74 Russo-Turkish War, a traumatic awakening for the Ottomans, who yielded significant territory, but were also faced with the necessity of reconstructing a polity and ideology which no longer produced results on the battlefield. Ahmed Resmi was the first of a new generation of statesmen who saw real virtue in the rationalization of war and the need for peace within prescribed borders. Seller Inventory # TNP9789004101166

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