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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Indeed , Anatolia had become the military mainstay of the Empire , providing
hardy troops upon whom the defence of the Byzantine Empire depended .
Byzantine power in southern and eastern Anatolia had for centuries rested on a
splendour of traditional Middle Eastern emperors , dispensing charity , building
mosques and medreses , and favouring scholars and artists . . The practical end
of Rum Seljuk rule in Anatolia came with their defeat by the Mongols .
The Armenian Republic was undeniably a threat to the Turks in eastern Anatolia .
It claimed all the land that Russia had held in World War I and more as part of a
new Greater Armenia . On their own , the Armenians could never have taken the
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