The Ottoman Turks: An Introductory History to 1923
Longman, 1997 - 406 pages
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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To the gazis , as to all steppe nomads , fighting was simply what they did in life . It
had never been different . The chance to fight in the Middle East was
accompanied by new justification – the ghazāh , a holy war – and better chances
for booty ...
The Serbian kingdom remained , despite the defeat at Kosova , on the condition
that it paid tribute and sent Serbian troops to fight alongside the Ottomans . Other
Europeans were attacked unless they too accepted vassalage . Ottoman troops ...
Away from the old discipline of the corps , the fighting quality of the Janissaries
degenerated . Many found ways to send substitutes to fight for them in wars ,
remaining in the capital and working at their other jobs while the substitutes (
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