The Second Ottoman Empire : Political and Social Transformation in the Early Modern World Hardback
Part of the Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization series
Although scholars have begun to revise the traditional view that the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries marked a decline in the fortunes of the Ottoman Empire, Baki Tezcan's book proposes a radical approach to this period.
While he concurs that decline did take place in certain areas, he constructs a new framework by foregrounding the proto-democratization of the Ottoman polity in this era.
Focusing on the background and the aftermath of the regicide of Osman II, he shows how the empire embarked on a period of seismic change in the political, economic, military, and social spheres.
It is this period - from roughly 1580 to 1826 - that the author labels 'The Second Empire', and that he sees as no less than the transformation of the patrimonial, medieval, dynastic institution into a fledgling limited monarchy.
The book is essentially a post-revisionist history of the early modern Ottoman Empire that will make a major contribution not only to Ottoman scholarship but also to comparable trends in world history.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 306 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Publication Date: 13/09/2010
- Category: Middle Eastern history
- ISBN: 9780521519496