By Ebru Boyar, Kate Fleet
Utilizing a wealth of latest Ottoman resources, this publication recreates the social historical past of Istanbul, a tremendous, cosmopolitan city and imperial capital of the Ottoman Empire. Seat of the Sultan and a luxurious overseas emporium, Istanbul used to be additionally a urban of violence shaken on a regular basis by way of typical mess ups and through the turmoil of sultanic politics and violent riot. Its population, entertained through imperial festivities and cared for by way of the good pious foundations which touched each element in their lives, additionally amused themselves within the quite a few excitement gardens and the various public baths of town. whereas the ebook is targeted on Istanbul, it offers a huge photo of Ottoman society, the way it was once based and the way it built and reworked throughout 4 centuries. As such, the e-book bargains a thrilling replacement to the extra conventional histories of the Ottoman Empire.
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708–10; Tursun Bey, History, f. 53a-55b; Kritoboulos, History, 280–283, p. 83; 56, p. 105. Kritoboulos, History, 56, p. 105. Conquest 27 2. Constantinople, in Salomon Schweigger, Ein newe Reyssbeschreibung auss Teutschland nach Constantinopel und Jerusalem (Nurnberg, 1639), p. 102. 132 Mehmed thus set out to stamp the city with the seal of his power. His aim was undoubtedly to create a capital that would impress both Ottomans and foreigners with its magniﬁcence and dazzle them with the might of his empire.
151. Doukas, Historia, p. 166; Doukas, Decline, p. 151. Doukas, Historia, p. 177; Doukas, Decline, p. 158. ), Gazavât-ı Sultân Murâd b. Mehemmed Hân. İzladi ve Varna Savaşları (1443–1444) Üzerine Anonim Gazavâtnâme (Ankara, 1978), f. 15a; Colin Imber, The Crusade of Varna, 1443–45 (Aldershot, 2006), p. 56. 4 = Thomas, Diplomatarium, no. 182, pp. 343–5. Promontorio, Aufzeichnungen, p. 80. 26 A Social History of Ottoman Istanbul rolled like pebbles on the battleﬁelds’,122 in particular that of Vladislav, who was killed in battle.
Mehmed’s position was not an easy one, however, for he was faced with internal opposition. Two revolts broke out in 1416 which he put down with difﬁculty. In 1421 Mehmed died. Far from proﬁting from the golden opportunity of Ottoman disarray presented to them in 1402, the Byzantines and the various European states had failed to unite in any effective way or to prevent the re-emergence of a vibrant Ottoman state. In part this was due to the commercial considerations of major powers such as Venice and Genoa, whose interest in a hostile alliance against the Ottomans was always balanced against trade concerns and their own commercial rivalry, which resulted in two wars between them in the course of the fourteenth century.
A Social History of Ottoman Istanbul by Ebru Boyar, Kate Fleet