Biography of an Empire: Governing Ottomans in an Age of by Christine M. Philliou

By Christine M. Philliou

This vividly specific revisionist heritage opens a brand new vista at the nice Ottoman Empire within the early 19th century, a key interval frequently noticeable because the eve of Tanzimat westernizing reforms and the start of 3 certain histories—ethnic nationalism within the Balkans, imperial modernization from Istanbul, and ecu colonialism within the center East. Christine Philliou brilliantly shines a brand new gentle on imperial predicament and alter within the 1820s and 1830s by way of unearthing the lifetime of one guy. Stephanos Vogorides (1780–1859) used to be a part of a community of Christian elites recognized phanariots, institutionally excluded from strength but in detail certain up with Ottoman governance. by way of tracing the contours of the wide-ranging networks—crossing ethnic, spiritual, and institutional boundaries—in which the phanariots moved, Philliou presents a distinct view of Ottoman energy and, eventually, of the Ottoman legacies within the center East and Balkans this day. What emerges is a wide-angled research of governance as a lived adventure at a second during which there has been no transparent blueprint for power.

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