Osman's Dream (Paperback)

The History of the Ottoman Empire

By Caroline Finkel

Basic Books, 9780465023974, 704pp.

Publication Date: April 24, 2007

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Description

The definitive history of the Ottoman Empire

The Ottoman Empire was one of the largest and most influential empires in world history. Its reach extended to three continents and it survived for more than six centuries, but its history is too often colored by the memory of its bloody final throes on the battlefields of World War I. In this magisterial work-the first definitive account written for the general reader-renowned scholar and journalist Caroline Finkel lucidly recounts the epic story of the Ottoman Empire from its origins in the thirteenth century through its destruction in the twentieth.


About the Author

Caroline Finkel has lived in Istanbul for many years and traveled widely in Turkey and the former Ottoman lands. She has a doctorate in Ottoman history from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. Osman's Dream is her third book. She currently divides her time between Istanbul and London.


Praise For Osman's Dream: The History of the Ottoman Empire

"Caroline Finkel effortlessly conveys the high drama
of Ottoman history."—Orhan Pamuk

"Magnificent.... For
perhaps the first time in English, a genuine Ottoman scholar has written a
clear narrative account of the great empire based mainly on Turkish rather than
hostile western accounts. The result is not only a revelation; it is a vital corrective
to the influential but partial and wrong-headed readings of the flagbearers of
intellectual Islamophobia."—William Dalrymple, The Scotsman

"Finkel has managed to produce a scholarly,
lucid, judicious and enjoyable account of over 600 years of history in a single
volume, which will surely be the standard work of its kind for many years to
come."—Times Literary Supplement

"An absorbing, monumental story of one of the most
reviled and misunderstood of all empires.... Osman's Dream is a marvelous achievement."—BBC History Magazine

"How timely to have such a lucid, well-researched, and
fair-minded history of the Ottoman Empire--and one too which treats it not as
some exotic and alien world, but as part of our common past."—Margaret MacMillan, author of Paris 1919

"Osman's Dream is a treasure for anyone who wants to
know exactly what happened when in the Ottoman Empire. Here at last is a
reliable history that takes into full account not only the work of
international and Turkish historians but also the writings of the Ottomans
themselves."—Hugh Pope, author of Sons of the Conquerors: The Rise of the Turkic World

"Finkel has brilliantly woven together a highly
readable survey of 600 years of Ottoman history. Well researched and
beautifully written, Osman's Dream will be essential reading for anyone who
wants to know more about the Empire that ruled for centuries over so many of
our contemporary trouble spots--from the Balkans to the Arab world."—Heath W. Lowry, Princeton University

"Finkel is judicious, evenhanded and objective...is an
impressive and important work."—The Nation

"[Finkel's] mastery of the historical literature is
obvious: The sheer amount of information packed between these two covers makes
it a landmark achievement."—New York Sun

"With this superb book, Finkel boldly covers new
ground in striving to show the Ottoman Empire from within.... Having spent 15
years living in Turkey, Finkel is uniquely positioned to overcome the practical
hurdles to Ottoman research, but her real strength is in historiography: she
has a keen ability to extract salient observations from her sources even as she
renders their political motives transparent. The result is a panorama of the
Ottoman Empire to rival the best portraits of the Romanovs and Habsburgs, and a
must-have for history collections."—Booklist

"The timing of Caroline Finkel's splendidly written Osman's
Dream
reflects the buoyant state of Ottoman scholarship. Neglected archives
have been triumphantly mined by a new generation of scholars, and Finkel's
intimacy with the material makes this the most authoritative narrative history
of the empire yet published."—Literary Review

"Osman's Dream is a deeply sympathetic,
compelling and highly readable account of the rise and fall of an immensely
complex and dynamic society which, at its height was the most the most
far-reaching and the most powerful Empire the world had ever seen. But it is
also something more. For Caroline Finkel has not only told history of how a
band of Turcoman warriors from eastern Anatolia came to dominate so much of the
world. She has also shown why that history matters, why today we are in no
position to understand, not merely the modern Republic of Turkey but also
modern Islam unless we also understand the past, and the present perception, of
the greatest and most enduring of the Islamic states."—Anthony Pagden, Distinguished Professor of History and Political Science, UCLA