(Lords of the Horizons A History of the Ottoman Empire) PDF/EBOOK Ê Jason Goodwin


Lords of the Horizons A History of the Ottoman Empire

Read Û PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ê Jason Goodwin Jason Goodwin Ê 6 Read Lords of the Horizons A History of the Ottoman Empire Characters ñ 106 For six hundred years the Ottoman Empire swelled and declined Islamic martial civilized and tolerant it advanced in three centuries from the dusty foothills of Anatolia to rule on the Danube and the Nile; at its I chose this book as I wanted an introductory overview on this peculiar and fascinating polity with the objective to gain a better knowledge of one of the main players in Middle Eastern and Balkan history a multi ethnic and complex Empire so often unfairly neglected or stereotyped in history books I must regretfully state that my objectives have been only partially fulfilled and that this book has been a bit of a hit and miss reading experience I perfectly understand that the task of condensing centuries of history of this complex multicultural empire within 300 pages of one single book is a uite fearsome challenge but I must also say that the author s approach did not help either in fact rather the keeping the focus on the main social political and cultural trends the narrative gets too often dispersed into a myriad of factoids and curiosities narrated in what is supposedly a lyrical style elements that actually detract from the flow and linearity of the exposition freuently turning what is supposed to be a history book into some sort of meandering curiosity cabinet This is compounded by an overall lack of a chronological framework in the narration which makes the reading of this book an occasionally highly frustrating exerciseThere is also a significant amount of mistakes and several uestionableunsupported interpretations of which the following list is just a subset chapter 2 page 12 the author claims that in 1389 the Ottoman army obtained a big victory and shattered the Serbs at Kossovo on the Blackbird Field Well the reality is somewhat different firstly BOTH armies were virtually annihilated even though the Ottomans significantly outnumbered the Serbians over the Sultan himself died during the fight and I think this was the only battle in Ottoman history when the Sultan himself was killed and finally it took another 70 years and another battle in 1448 this one much decisive then the one in 1389 before the Ottomans managed to completely subdue Serbia in chapter 5 there is the claim that the face veil was introduced by the Byzantines this is completely unproven and not supported by evidence actually Byzantine art does not depict women with veiled faces although it does depict women with veiled hair still in chapter 5 page 45 the author claims that the Venetians after the conuest of Constantinople in 1204 toyed with the idea of moving Venice there lock stock and barrel In all the books I have read about Venetian history I never found any reference to such event This actually runs completely contrary to the very special relationship between Venetians and their own beautiful and uniue city and it is contrary to what actually happened historically as soon as Constantinople was open the Venetians did not waste any time in sacking some of its most treasured monuments and objects and in bringing them to Venice as anybody visiting Venice itself can still clearly see by looking at the Four Tetrarchs the uadriga or the porphiri marbles adorning St Mark s basilica page 52 the author talks in pretty disparaging terms of the Topkapi Palace Well I understand that it may be a uestion of personal tastes but I do not think that I am alone in finding this palace uite magnificent and utterly elegant and beautiful later in the book page 215 the author talks in similarly disparaging ways of the so called Blue Mosue Well I personally find it a beautiful and an almost otherworldly example of the finest religious architecture buildings ever designed page 65 the siege of Baghdad during one of the wars of the Ottomans with Persia happened in 1623 not in 1683 as claimed by the author page 86 the author states that during the battle of Mohacs a Polish mercenary suggested that the Hungarian army adopt the same techniue adopted by the Hussites at the battle of the White Mountains This is simply not possible as such battle was actually waged than a century later in 1620 as part of the Thirty Years War while the battle at Mohacs happened in 1526 page 87 in 1529 during the first siege of Vienna the author states that the Sultan Suleyman abruptly announced his decision to withdraw on 14 October 1529 Actually the reality is uite different the Sultan s decision was not so abrupt nor arbitrary as the siege was slowly turning into a monumental disaster and the janissaries the best troops of the Ottomans possibly had already come very close to outright mutiny page 128 and page 163 while I agree with the author that the outcomes of the Battle of Lepanto have been wildly exaggerated by Christian sources the author neglects to investigate the important psychological and political effects of such event Moreover while it is true that the Ottomans managed to uickly rebuild their fleet sank at Lepanto it is also true but not mentioned in the book that the new fleet was of significantly lower uality than the original so even purely from a military standpoint the effects of the battle were not completely negligible either page 150 the author claims that Constantine founded Constantinople in AD 370 This actually happened in AD 330 the author refers to Sufism as a sect I am not expert at all in Muslim religious aspects and doctrines but my limited understanding on the matter is that Sufism than a sect can be seen as an interpretation an aspect or dimension of Islam that cuts across the ShiaSunni divide Page 315 the author when referring to episodes like the Armenian Holocaust when over 15 Armenians were exterminated with the encouragement and open complicity of the Ottoman authorities makes what can be easily regarded as a significant understatement when he says the authorities made little effort to check the atrocities This episode is a real tragedy and a big black spot in the history of an Empire that in most of its evolution throughout the centuries demonstrated a remarkable level of toleranceThe inaccuracies mentioned above do not make this book something that should be avoided On the contrary there are some parts of the book that are highly informative interesting and well written I particularly liked the description of the peculiarly egalitarian meritocratic in all Europe the Ottoman Empire alone possessed no hereditary nobility and religiously and culturally tolerant political system providing some similarities to the approach followed by the Roman Empire towards the conuered peoples all characteristics that the Ottoman Empire developed and demonstrated until the process of fossilization increasingly reactionary conservatism and decadence started to set in particularly in the course of the 18th and 19th centuries Moreover the Ottoman Empire implemented a relatively light taxation regime and a generally friendly and light handed approach to economic development and enterprise which resulted in a generally healthy and growing economy in the 16th century when the population of the empire doubled The complex relationship between the Ottoman Empire and its Christian neighbors is also described sufficiently well in particular its intimate contradictory relationship with the Republic of Venice a relationship characterized by bouts of conflict ongoing rivalry in the Mediterranean sea interspersed with an ongoing commercial association The book has also a pretty good timeline and a handy list of the Ottoman Sultans together with a small but handy glossary of Turkish terms Overall a reasonably good book which I think can be fairly graded with a 3 star rating

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Read Û PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ê Jason Goodwin Jason Goodwin Ê 6 Read Lords of the Horizons A History of the Ottoman Empire Characters ñ 106 Re's power Jason Goodwin explores how the Ottomans rose and how against all odds they lingered on In doing so he also offers a long look back to the origins of problems that plague present day Kosovars and Serbs From its beginnings as a nondescript tribe dwelling in the foothills of Anatolia to the dazzling victory over the Byzantines at Constantinople the Empire of Osman Ottoman was the powerhouse of its day It was an empire that adapted to the countries it overran so that a day in the marketplace at Istanbul would find Turks Greeks Bulgarians Albanians Jews Serbs Moors and others mingling together regardless of race or language There is a great difference between our loss and yours You have shaved our chin but our beard is growing again We have lopped off your arm and you can never replace itThe Ottomans suffered their first major loss against the Christian West at the Battle of Lepanto but managed to rebuild its navy and to continue its hold over the Balkans The history of how the Ottomans took over the exotic identity of the Byzantines and made it their own is fascinating The Empire was run as a corporation focused on goals and metrics and organizational structure Janissaries harems sibling rivalries make for enthralling historyThis volume is laid out as a three act structure with the beginning followed by the rise followed by the decline of the Empire But as Goodwin showed in his other Istanbul inspired book On Foot to the Golden Horn A Walk to Istanbul the delight in turning the pages here leads to finding little gems of history For example the croissant was created to commemorate the city bakers of Vienna who heard the Turks tunneling beneath the streets thus sounding the alarm Thus was born the bun shaped as a crescent the symbol of the Ottomans And then there s the footnote about the creation of the first cigarette rolled by Ottoman gunners who had to replace their broken clay pipe The Ottoman vizier had the forts painted very white to give his enemies the impression that they were all newly fitted upThe last chapter of the book is an epilogue of sorts For as long as the Turks had ruled over Istanbul the mongrel dogs of the city were kings of the streets Each dog belonged to a gang which in turn was part of a strictly defined territory that other canine packs could not cross The Ottomans accepted these mangy wolves as part of the divine plan so human and dog tolerated each other But when the end of World War I came and the defeat of the Ottomans the Sultan no longer had the power to prevent progress from seeping in and the dogs were moved to an island They could not return to their old kingdom just as the Ottomans found theirs at an endBook Season Spring painted forts

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Read Û PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ê Jason Goodwin Jason Goodwin Ê 6 Read Lords of the Horizons A History of the Ottoman Empire Characters ñ 106 Height Indian rajahs and the kings of France beseeched the empire's aid In its last three hundred years the empire seemed ready to collapse a prodigy of survival and decay In this striking evocation of the empi There s a lot of interesting detail here Unfortunately it s incredibly confusing The author seems to believe that his readers are already intimately familiar with many of the people battles titles etc of the Ottomans in which case why read a survey history book on the topic Since many of the sultans have the same name this becomes extra confusing Worse there s only a vague nod towards linearity Often the century being discussed will jump from something in the 1500s in one paragraph to something in the 1400s in the next to a supporting uote from someone who you realize halfway through the book lived in the 1700s Some chapters are about history which are slightly linear Others are about culture which bounce around insanely It makes keeping cause and effect and the evolution of the culture impossible to keep clear in your headThe author fancies that he has a lyrical style Sometimes it works Sometimes it s just kind of annoyingThis did in fact have the content I was looking for I d started with Lord Kinross book and given up because it was so dry a recitation of dates and names that I couldn t keep that straight either Sultan A went to place B and fought battle C Then Sultan D went to place E and fought battle F There was a nice mix of major events entertaining trivia and cultural analysis But it was so muddled up temporally that I think I may be a little confused than I was to begin with

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  • Lords of the Horizons A History of the Ottoman Empire
  • Jason Goodwin
  • English
  • 02 October 2020
  • 9780312420666

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  1. says: (Lords of the Horizons A History of the Ottoman Empire) PDF/EBOOK Ê Jason Goodwin

    (Lords of the Horizons A History of the Ottoman Empire) PDF/EBOOK Ê Jason Goodwin ”This book is about a people who do not exist The word ‘Ottoman’ does not describe a place Nobody nowadays speaks the language For six hundred years the Ottoman Empire swelled and declined It advanced from a dusty beylik in the foothills of Anatolia at the start of the fourteenth century to conuer the re

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    Read & download Lords of the Horizons A History of the Ottoman Empire (Lords of the Horizons A History of the Ottoman Empire) PDF/EBOOK Ê Jason Goodwin Read Û PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ê Jason Goodwin I chose this book as I wanted an introductory overview on this peculiar and fascinating polity with the objective to gain a better knowledge of one of the main players in Middle Eastern and Balkan history a multi ethnic and complex Empire so often unfairly neglected or stereotyped in history books I must regretfully state

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    Read & download Lords of the Horizons A History of the Ottoman Empire (Lords of the Horizons A History of the Ottoman Empire) PDF/EBOOK Ê Jason Goodwin I just finished this dark and stormy popular historical book about the Ottoman Empire and I have to say that within fiftee

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    (Lords of the Horizons A History of the Ottoman Empire) PDF/EBOOK Ê Jason Goodwin Jason Goodwin Ê 6 Read There is nothing difficult to take in hand perilous to conduct or uncertain in its success than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things MachiavelliOf course Niccolo also said that conuering

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    Jason Goodwin Ê 6 Read Read Û PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ê Jason Goodwin (Lords of the Horizons A History of the Ottoman Empire) PDF/EBOOK Ê Jason Goodwin Perhaps one of the reasons we are having so many problems relating to the Middle East and the Muslim world is that we choose to avert our gaze from it Practically no one of my acuaintance knows anything about the Ottoman Empire which lasted some 600 years Lords of the Horizons A History of the Ottoman Empire by Jason Goodwin is an excellent place to start It ranks with the classic The Ottoman Centuries by Lord Kinross

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    (Lords of the Horizons A History of the Ottoman Empire) PDF/EBOOK Ê Jason Goodwin There's a lot of interesting detail here Unfortunately it's incredibly confusing The author seems to believe that his readers are already intimately familiar with many of the people battles titles etc of the Ottomans in which case w

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    (Lords of the Horizons A History of the Ottoman Empire) PDF/EBOOK Ê Jason Goodwin This book is sort of like a curiosity cabinet of travelogue and ethno history which is both its strength and weakness You'll learn about obsessive clock collecting tulip madness Istanbul's stray dogs the sultan's silver slippers madness and drownings and strangulation Old fashioned generalizations of ethnic character border on political incorrectness in a fun but wrong 19th century way It's a theatrical moody stage setting book It's a zei

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    (Lords of the Horizons A History of the Ottoman Empire) PDF/EBOOK Ê Jason Goodwin Jason Goodwin Ê 6 Read Never caught fire for me the meandering style made it too difficult to see the connections between people and places that make history interesting to me I really wanted to like this one as I enjoy Goodwin's fiction tremendously

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    Read Û PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ê Jason Goodwin Jason Goodwin Ê 6 Read Read & download Lords of the Horizons A History of the Ottoman Empire From its beginnings as a nondescript tribe dwelling in the foothills of Anatolia to the dazzling victory over the Byzantines at Constantinople the Empire of Osman Ottoman was the powerhouse of its day It was an empire that adapted to the countries it overran so that a day in the marketplace at Istanbul would find Turks Greeks Bulgarians Albanians Jews Serbs Moors and others mingling together regardless of race or language There is a grea

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    (Lords of the Horizons A History of the Ottoman Empire) PDF/EBOOK Ê Jason Goodwin Read Û PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ê Jason Goodwin A decent readable book learnt allot of stuff from this reading

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