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The Ottomans: Khans, Caesars and Caliphs

Marc David Baer

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Ottoman Empire, History, Middle Eastern history

A major new history of the six-hundred-year dynasty that connected East to West as never before.



'Magnificent . . . Important and hugely readable' William Dalrymple, Financial Times

'A wildly ambitious and entertainingly lurid history' James Barr, The Times

'A panoramic and thought-provoking account' Guardian

'A winning portrait of seven centuries of empire, teeming with life and colour' Sunday Times

'Superb, gripping and refreshing' Simon Sebag Montefiore

'Sweeping, colorful, and rich in extraordinary characters' Tom Holland

The major new history of a diverse empire that straddled East and West.

The Ottoman Empire has long been depicted as the Islamic, Asian antithesis of the Christian, European West, when in reality, their multiethnic, multilingual, and multireligious domain reached deep into Europe's heart. Recounting their remarkable rise to a world empire, Marc David Baer traces their debts to their Turkish, Mongolian, Islamic and Byzantine heritage. Upending Western accounts of the Renaissance, the Age of Exploration and the Reformation, The Ottomans is a magisterial portrait that vividly redefines the dynasty's enduring impact on Europe and the world.

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Praise for The Ottomans: Khans, Caesars and Caliphs

  • A book as sweeping, colorful, and rich in extraordinary characters as the empire which it describes

  • A compellingly readable account of one of the great world empires from its origins in thirteenth century to modern times ... Blending the sacred and the profane, the social and the political, the sublime and the absurd, Baer brings his subject to life in rich vignettes. An outstanding book

  • Marc David Baer's The Ottomans is a scintillating and brilliantly panoramic account of the history of the Ottoman empire, from its genesis to its dissolution ... It challenges and transforms how we think of 'East' and 'West,' 'Enlightenment,' and 'modernity,' and directly confronts the horrors as well as the achievements of Ottoman rule

  • Baer's colourful, readable book is informed by all the newest research on his massive subject. In showing how an epic of universal empire, conquest and toleration turned into the drama of nationalism, crisis, and genocide, he gives us not only an expansive history of the Ottomans, but an expanded history of Europe.

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