Biography of an Empire : Governing Ottomans in an Age of Revolution, Paperback / softback Book

Biography of an Empire : Governing Ottomans in an Age of Revolution Paperback / softback


This vividly detailed revisionist history opens a new vista on the great Ottoman Empire in the early nineteenth century, a key period often seen as the eve of Tanzimat westernizing reforms and the beginning of three distinct histories - ethnic nationalism in the Balkans, imperial modernization from Istanbul, and European colonialism in the Middle East.

Christine Philliou brilliantly shines a new light on imperial crisis and change in the 1820s and 1830s by unearthing the life of one man.

Stephanos Vogorides (1780-1859) was part of a network of Christian elites known phanariots, institutionally excluded from power yet intimately bound up with Ottoman governance.

By tracing the contours of the wide-ranging networks - crossing ethnic, religious, and institutional boundaries - in which the phanariots moved, Philliou provides a unique view of Ottoman power and, ultimately, of the Ottoman legacies in the Middle East and Balkans today.

What emerges is a wide-angled analysis of governance as a lived experience at a moment in which there was no clear blueprint for power.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 320 pages, 3 b-w photos, 5 maps, 2 line drawings, and 1 table
  • Publisher: University of California Press
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  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9780520266353

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