Well-Connected Domains

Towards an Entangled Ottoman History


Well-Connected Domains 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 edited by Pascal W. Firges, Tobias P. Graf, Christian Roth, and Gülay Tulasoğlu highlights the deep entanglement between the Ottoman realm and its European neighbors. 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.

Contributors are: Sotirios Dimitriadis, Suraiya N. Faroqhi, Maximilian Hartmuth, Gábor Kármán, Aylin Koçunyan, Viorel Panaite, Nur Sobers-Khan, Michael Talbot, and Joshua M. White

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Biographical Note
Pascal W. Firges studied history in Heidelberg, Paris (IV), and Cambridge and is currently completing his PhD at Heidelberg University’s Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe.” He has published a monograph on British-Ottoman relations in the late eighteenth century.

Tobias P. Graf has read history at the University of Cambridge before joining the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe" in 2009. He recently defended his doctoral thesis on Christian-European "renegades" in the early modern Ottoman elite.

Christian Roth works for Baden-Württemberg’s Ministry of Integration, inter alia in the fields of intercultural opening, forced marriages, and the labor market. Alongside, he is pursuing a PhD in Ottoman studies at Heidelberg University’s Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe.”

Gülay Tulasoğlu is a lecturer at Hacettepe University, Ankara. In 2012, she completed her doctoral thesis on European consuls as agents of the modernization processes in the Ottoman administration of early-Tanzimat Salonica, which she is currently turning into a monograph.
Review Quotes
'Through the rich use of primary sources, a complex set of examples of interconnectedness results, offering advanced students in Middle Eastern studies and comparative world history new insights into the extensive relations emerging between the Ottoman realm and its European neighbors in the early modern era. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.

--I. Blumi, Georgia State University in Choice, February 2015

'[...] Well-Connected Domains makes a significant contribution to Ottoman studies as a whole, revealing both the dynamism of the field, and, indeed, its potential and openness for further entanglements with other regional historiographies and interdisciplinary methodologies'.

Natalie Rothman, Department of Historical and Cultural Studies, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

“Den Herausgeberinnen gelingt es durch eine klare und gut durchdachte Strukturierung, aus den thematisch wie methodisch sehr vielfältigen Beiträgen ein zusammenhängendes und insgesamt überzeugendes Ganzes zu formen. [... Die hier formulierte Kritik] kann [...] den Wert dieses Werkes als neuen und inspirierenden Beitrag zur entangled bzw. connected history des Osmanischen Reiches nicht schmälern.”

“[…] ein äußerst leserfreundliches Gesamtprodukt.”

Caspar Hillebrand, in Sehepunkte, Ausgabe 17 (2017), Nr. 12

Table of contents

List of Maps and Figures
Notes on Conventions
List of Contributors

1 Introduction
Pascal W. Firges and Tobias P. Graf

Part I: Trade, Warfare, and Diplomacy in the Eastern Mediterranean
Introduction to Part I
2 Trading between East and West: The Ottoman Empire of the Early Modern Period
Suraiya N. Faroqhi
3 Shifting Winds: Piracy, Diplomacy, and Trade in the Ottoman Mediterranean, 1624–1625
Joshua M. White
4 Ottoman Seas and British Privateers: Defining Maritime Territoriality in the Eighteenth-Century Levant
Michael Talbot
5 French Capitulations and Consular Jurisdiction in Egypt and Aleppo in the Late Sixteenth and Early Seventeenth Centuries
Viorel Panaite

Part II: Constructing and Managing Identity
Introduction to Part II
6 Firāsetle naẓar edesin: Recreating the Gaze of the Ottoman Slave Owner at the Confluence of Textual Genres
Nur Sobers-Khan
7 Turks Reconsidered: Jakab Nagy de Harsány’s Changing Image of the Ottoman
Gábor Kármán
8 Of Half-Lives and Double-Lives: “Renegades” in the Ottoman Empire and their Pre-Conversion Ties, ca. 1580–1610
Tobias P. Graf
9 Aspects of Juridical Integration of Non-Muslims in the Ottoman Empire: Observations in the Eighteenth-Century Urban and Rural Aegean
Christian Roth

Part III: Responding to an Age of Challenge
Introduction to Part III
10 Gunners for the Sultan: French Revolutionary Efforts to Modernize the Ottoman Military
Pascal W. Firges
11 “Humble Efforts in Search of Reform”: Consuls, Pashas, and Quarantine in Early-Tanzimat Salonica
Gülay Tulasoğlu
12 Transforming a Late-Ottoman Port-City: Salonica, 1876–1912
Sotirios Dimitriadis
13 A Civic Initiative for the Founding of a Museum in the Ottoman Province around 1850
Maximilian Hartmuth
14 The Transcultural Dimension of the Ottoman Constitution
Aylin Koçunyan

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All interested in the history of the Ottoman Empire and Europe, and anyone concerned with connected, entangled, and transcultural history, including post-graduate and undergraduate students.
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