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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The practical end of Rum Seljuk rule in Anatolia came with their defeat by the
Mongols . The devastation wrought by the Mongols in Eastern Europe from 1241
onwards is often known in the West , but the Mongol effect on the Middle East
The other basis of Ottoman greatness , a habit of rule closely tied to eclecticism ,
can be called pragmatism . The sultans did what had to be done , even when the
rules seemed to stand in their way . The Ottoman sultans were the heroes of ...
This in itself is a sign of more stable rule . Masters are less likely to destroy
productive resources for quick gain if they know their children will be succeeding
them . For peasants and city dwellers alike , long - term rule is almost always ...
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Origins of the Turks to 1281
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