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Osman's Dream: The History of the Ottoman Empire

Osman's Dream: The History of the Ottoman Empire

The Ottoman Empire was one of the largest and most influential empires in world history. Its reach extended to three continents and it survived for more than six centuries, but its history is too often colored by the memory of its bloody final throes on the battlefields of World War I. In this magisterial work-the first definitive account written for the general reader-renowned scholar and journalist Caroline Finkel lucidly recounts the epic story of the Ottoman Empire from its origins in the thirteenth century through its destruction in the twentieth.

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A guide to Ottoman titles


Chaper 1. First among equals

Chaper 2. A dynasty divided

Chaper 3. An imperial vision

Chaper 4. Sultan of the faithful

Chaper 5. Possessor of the kingdoms of the world

Chaper 6. The sedentary sultan

Chaper 7. Government by faction

Chaper 8. Revenge of the pashas

Chaper 9. Rule of the grandees

Chaper 10. The empire unravels

Chaper 11. The perils of insouciance

Chaper 12. The power of the provinces

Chaper 13. From the ‘New Order’ to the ‘Re-ordering’

Chaper 14. A crisis of identity

Chaper 15. The Islamic empire

Chaper 16. The storm before the calm

Sultans of the Ottoman Empire