Richard Stoneman's Across the Hellespont. A Literary Guide to Turkey PDF

By Richard Stoneman

From Herodotus to Freya Stark, writers were encouraged via Turkey, a diversified state on the crossroads of heritage, for millennia. right here, Richard Stoneman describes in energetic element the extraordinary literature they produced. At a time while Turkey’s place at the fringe can be set to alter to a deeper involvement in Europe, the necessity to comprehend the rustic is much more compelling. the variety of commute writing represented during this publication exhibits how, whereas political situations may perhaps swap, the trap of Turkey is still constant.

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Thanks to the existence of chancery manuals (mün¸se"¯at) compiled from real documents, the occasional letter has also come down to us. 62 Many coins have survived from the civil war, issued by all of the ˙ claimants to the Ottoman throne except Isa, whose reign was very ˙ brief. 63 They prove first of all that the Ottoman economy still continued to function during the civil war despite the endemic warfare. Of equal importance, however, was the function of such coins in asserting the political claims of the prince who issued them.

Thanks to the existence of chancery manuals (mün¸se"¯at) compiled from real documents, the occasional letter has also come down to us. 62 Many coins have survived from the civil war, issued by all of the ˙ claimants to the Ottoman throne except Isa, whose reign was very ˙ brief. 63 They prove first of all that the Ottoman economy still continued to function during the civil war despite the endemic warfare. Of equal importance, however, was the function of such coins in asserting the political claims of the prince who issued them.

15 Had the Ottomans’ Christian and Muslim enemies in Rumeli and Anatolia succeeded in uniting against them, it is quite possible that they could have destroyed them once and for all. But this did not happen, for those powers were deeply divided. In the Christian Orthodox communities of the Balkans, such as the Byzantines and Serbs, there was deep anti-Latin sentiment, which had led to the creation of a pro-Ottoman faction. As a result of such divisions, any effort to limit the power of the Ottoman princes could at best enjoy only moderate success.

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