A Social History of Ottoman Istanbul by Ebru Boyar, Kate Fleet

By Ebru Boyar, Kate Fleet

Utilizing a wealth of up to date Ottoman resources, this publication recreates the social background of Istanbul, an important, cosmopolitan city and imperial capital of the Ottoman Empire. Seat of the Sultan and a plush overseas emporium, Istanbul was once additionally a urban of violence shaken on a regular basis by way of usual mess ups and by means of the turmoil of sultanic politics and violent riot. Its population, entertained through imperial festivities and cared for by means of the nice pious foundations which touched each element in their lives, additionally amused themselves within the a number of excitement gardens and the numerous public baths of the town. whereas the e-book is targeted on Istanbul, it offers a vast photograph of Ottoman society, the way it was once based and the way it built and remodeled throughout 4 centuries. As such, the e-book deals an exhilarating substitute to the extra conventional histories of the Ottoman Empire.

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Kritoboulos, History, 73, p. 29. 67 Aşıkpaşazade, Chronik, bab 124, p. 133. Kritoboulos, History, 27, 28, p. 15. 69 Kritoboulos, History, 27, 28, p. 15. Promontorio, Aufzeichnungen, p. 84. Doukas, Historia, p. 287; Doukas, Decline, pp. 224–5. Conquest 15 Aşıkpaşazade, too, the first Ottoman ruler took commerce seriously. Although Aşıkpaşazade was writing considerably later, in the late fifteenth century, his account represents something of perceived Ottoman economic policy in the early period of their rule.

65 In a speech attributed to him by Kritoboulos, Mehmed explained to his followers that the matter was a very simple one. If they took the city, then Ottoman lands would be secure and the way to further conquests guaranteed. If they did not, they would be constantly at risk and any further advance would be jeopardised. The hard-pressed Byzantines could even turn to another, stronger power, for help. 66 Constantinople also represented a considerable commercial prospect. Although greatly impoverished and in ruins, as Aşıkpaşazade noted,67 it had been, and could soon be again, a thriving commercial centre at the hub of the trading networks of the eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea.

Promontorio, Aufzeichnungen, p. 84. Doukas, Historia, p. 287; Doukas, Decline, pp. 224–5. Conquest 15 Aşıkpaşazade, too, the first Ottoman ruler took commerce seriously. Although Aşıkpaşazade was writing considerably later, in the late fifteenth century, his account represents something of perceived Ottoman economic policy in the early period of their rule. According to Aşıkpaşazade, the eponymous founder of the state, Osman, had a market built in the Hamam quarter of Eskişehir. Even the infidels of the surrounding region would come and buy and sell there.

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