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Well-Connected Domains: Towards an Entangled Ottoman History

This collection of essays showcases some of the results obtained through the project members' individual case studies as well as the exchanges with fellow scholars in the context of the conferences and workshops held between 2009 and 2011. It offers a fresh perspective on the history of the Ottoman Empire as deeply connected to the world beyond its borders by way of trade, warfare and diplomacy, as much as intellectual exchanges, migration, and personal relations.

While for decades the Ottoman Empire has been portrayed as largely aloof and distant from - as well as disinterested in - developments abroad, this collection of essays highlights the deep entanglement between the Ottoman realm and its European neighbours. Taking their starting points from individual case studies, the contributions offer novel interpretations of a variety of aspects of Ottoman history as well as new impulses for future research.

Pascal W. Firges, Tobias P. Graf, Christian Roth, and Gülay Tulasoğlu, eds., Well-Connected Domains: Towards an Entangled Ottoman History, The Ottoman Empire and Its Heritage 57 (Leiden: Brill, 2014). Approx. 294 pp. ISBN: 9789004266704. Click here for the publisher's catalogue. Preview on Google Books.

Table of Contents

1   Introduction (Pascal W. Firges and Tobias P. Graf), pp. 1-10

Part I: Trade, Warfare, and Diplomacy in the Eastern Mediterranean

Introduction to Part I, pp. 12--13

2   Trading between East and West: The Ottoman Empire of the Early Modern Period (Suraiya N. Faroqhi), pp. 15-36

3   Shifting Winds: Piracy, Diplomacy, and Trade in the Ottoman Mediterranean, 1624–1625 (Joshua M. White), pp. 37-53

4   Ottoman Seas and British Privateers: Defining Maritime Territoriality in the Eighteenth-Century Levant (Michael Talbot), pp. 54-70

5   French Capitulations and Consular Jurisdiction in Egypt and Aleppo in the Late Sixteenth and Early Seventeenth Centuries (Viorel Panaite), pp. 71-87

Part II: Constructing and Managing Identity

Introduction to Part II, pp. 90-92

6   Firāsetle naẓar edesin: Recreating the Gaze of the Ottoman Slave Owner at the Confluence of Textual Genres (Nur Sobers-Khan), pp. 93-109

7   Turks Reconsidered: Jakab Nagy de Harsány’s Changing Image of the Ottoman (Gábor Kármán), pp. 110-130

8   Of Half-Lives and Double-Lives: "Renegades" in the Ottoman Empire and their Pre-Conversion Ties, ca. 1580–1610 (Tobias P. Graf), pp. 131-149

9   Aspects of Juridical Integration of Non-Muslims in the Ottoman Empire: Observations in the Eighteenth-Century Urban and Rural Aegean (Christian Roth), pp. 150-163

Part III: Responding to an Age of Challenge

Introduction to Part III, pp. 166-169

10   Gunners for the Sultan: French Revolutionary Efforts to Modernize the Ottoman Military (Pascal W. Firges), pp. 171-187

11   "Humble Efforts in Search of Reform": Consuls, Pashas, and Quarantine in Early-Tanzimat Salonica (Gülay Tulasoğlu), pp. 188-206

12   Transforming a Late-Ottoman Port-City: Salonica, 1876–1912 (Sotirios Dimitriadis), pp. 207-221

13   A Civic Initiative for the Founding of a Museum in the Ottoman Province around 1850 (Maximilian Hartmuth), pp. 222-234

14   The Transcultural Dimension of the Ottoman Constitution (Aylin Koçunyan), pp. 235-258