This is the first time the continuity of Ottoman culture in contemporary Turkey is discussed by a group of well-known scholars of Ottoman-Turkish history and society. This is done through a series of research essays on Ottoman culture, its organizations, its modes of thought, and its identities (and their changes). Also, they point out the confused view of republican Turks towards their Ottoman past.
The insightful essays provide not only original knowledge, but also new interpretations concerning ethnicity and state involvement in identity creation. Furthermore, they give bibliographical information about the views and approaches of the Balkan and Arab scholars towards studying the Ottoman era of their lands.
The book should prove indispensable to any scholar or library specializing in Turkish, Ottoman, Islamic and Middle East studies.
Kemal H. Karpat, the editor and contributor of two pieces, is Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has published numerous books on modern Turkey and the last Ottoman century. He is the editor of the
International Journal of Turkish Studies and recipient of national and international awards.
"…a book with multiple and numerous ambitions…stimulating and important…" – Elizabeth Alice Honig, in:
The Burlington Magazine, 2005 "...this is a useful and thought-provoking volume of essays authored by some of the leading international scholars in Ottoman and Turkish History." – Yücel Yanikdag, in:
Military History, 2001
This book should prove indispensable to any student, scholar or library specializing in Ottoman, Turkish, Balkan and Middle East history and society, as well as to sociologists and cultural historians in general.