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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Arab armies had been able to penetrate into Anatolia , even as far as the gates of
Constantinople , but had never been able to hold the territory . By the year 1000
the Byzantines had evolved a system of defence that relied on fortifiications .
The sultans were also able politicians , playing their enemies off against each
other , securing one front with treaties while they conquered on another , and
marrying the daughters of Turkish princes or Christian kings for political gain .
Other than the requirement that the throne go to a descendent of Osman , there
was no set law of succession . The oldest son did not necessarily take his father '
s place . If the state was fortunate , the old sultan was able to place his most able
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