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The Ottoman Turks: An Introductory History to 1923 [Paperback]

Justin McCarthy
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March 4 1997 0582256550 978-0582256552 1

Justin McCarthy's introductory survey traces the whole history of the Ottoman Turks from their obscure beginnings in central Asia, through the establishment and rise of the Ottoman Empire to its collapse after World War One under the pressures of nationalism. Vividly illustrated with many maps, this introductory overview is designed for non-specialists but is written with great authority and with access to original sources. It fills an important gap for an authoritative but accessible account of the rise of one of the world's great civilizations.


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Justin McCarthy's introductory survey traces the whole history of the Ottoman Turks from their obscure beginnings in central Asia, through the establishment and rise of the Ottoman Empire to its collapse after World War One under the pressures of nationalism. Vividly illustrated with many maps, this introductory overview is designed for non-specialists but is written with great authority and with access to original sources. It fills an important gap for an authoritative but accessible account of the rise of one of the world's great civilizations.


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4.0 out of 5 stars scholarly July 24 1998
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Format:Paperback
This book provides a fabulous overview of the Ottoman Empire. I especially appreciate McCarthy's attention to matters that are often not discussed in history books (at least in a serious way), such as family life and daily life. I feel that sometimes McCarthy takes an overly pro-Turkish stance on controversial issues, but this book really is valuable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent introduction June 6 1998
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Format:Paperback
This is probably the best overall history of the Ottomans around. A thorough researcher and lucid writer, McCarthy focuses on family life and health and disease in the Ottoman Empire as well as the diplomatic, military and political history of the empire. This book is a must for anyone interested in the history of Turkey, the eastern Mediterranean, or Caucuses.
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5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent introduction June 5 1998
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Format:Paperback
This is probably the best overall history of the Ottomans around. A thorough researcher and lucid writer, McCarthy focuses on family life and health and disease in the Ottoman Empire as well as the diplomatic, military and political history of the empire. This book is a must for anyone interested in the history of Turkey, the eastern Mediterranean, or Caucuses.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars scholarly July 23 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book provides a fabulous overview of the Ottoman Empire. I especially appreciate McCarthy's attention to matters that are often not discussed in history books (at least in a serious way), such as family life and daily life. I feel that sometimes McCarthy takes an overly pro-Turkish stance on controversial issues, but this book really is valuable.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Did he just remember it all? May 19 2007
By Due Fuss - Published on Amazon.com
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A valuable and informative introductory textbook to be sure, but it is absurd that Professor McCarthy fails to provide any suggested readings, or even more shocking...a bibliography! He does cite when he uses a chart or document from another source, but I was incredulous to find no bibliography. No doubt McCarthy's students would receive a failing grade for such an egregious omission. That said, McCarthy's book provides a superb introduction to the complexities of Ottoman history, presented in an engaging and accessible manner.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book to understand Ottoman history and more June 17 2006
By Nil - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I think this is a great book to learn about the Ottoman history and also will help to understand the entire region's history - Anatolia, Balkans, Middle East, North Africa, Europe and the caucasus region.
5.0 out of 5 stars Knowledgeable and well-written March 9 2014
By Peggy in Virginia - Published on Amazon.com
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Justin McCarthy is a historian who challenges the establishment in pointing out that Turks were victims as well as victimizers during the Ottoman times. He provides much-needed balance to the subject.
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