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Lords of the Horizons: A History of the Ottoman Empire (Original 1998; 2003. Auflage)

von Jason Goodwin (Autor)

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'Perhaps the most readable history ever written' Time Out Lords of the Horizonscharts the Ottoman Empire's swirling epic history; dramatic - detailed and alive - a journey, and a world all in one. The Ottoman Empire has long exerted a strong pull on Western minds and hearts. For over six hundred years the Empire swelled and declined; rising from a dusty fiefdom in the foothills of Anatolia to a power which ruled over the Danube and the Euphrates with the richest court in Europe. But its decline was prodigious, protracted, and total. 'A fascinating read...a perfect companion for anyone who visits Turkey and wants to make sense of it' The Times… (mehr)
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Titel:Lords of the Horizons: A History of the Ottoman Empire
Autoren:Jason Goodwin (Autor)
Info:Picador (2003), Edition: First, 368 pages
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Lords of the Horizons: A History of the Ottoman Empire von Jason Goodwin (1998)

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A wild ride - somewhat disjointed but treating a history of such breadth thematically rather than chronologically makes a kind of sense. What an amazing place ( )
  goliathonline | Jul 7, 2020 |
This book was extremely interesting for it's excellent descriptions of the history and context of the various Sultans (or Sultan-Caliphs) to rule over the rise and fall of the Ottoman empire. The explanations and descriptions fo the cultures and circumstances of the various peoples who made up or were drawn into the empire, and how that happened, helps tremendously to understand the show Muhtesem Yüzyil, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1848220/ illustrating the life of sultan Suleiman the Magnificent and those around him. Now that I've finished this book, I no longer need to see the rest of the series! :-) ( )
  FourFreedoms | May 17, 2019 |
This book was extremely interesting for it's excellent descriptions of the history and context of the various Sultans (or Sultan-Caliphs) to rule over the rise and fall of the Ottoman empire. The explanations and descriptions fo the cultures and circumstances of the various peoples who made up or were drawn into the empire, and how that happened, helps tremendously to understand the show Muhtesem Yüzyil, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1848220/ illustrating the life of sultan Suleiman the Magnificent and those around him. Now that I've finished this book, I no longer need to see the rest of the series! :-) ( )
  ShiraDest | Mar 6, 2019 |
There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things . Machiavelli

Of course Niccolo also said that conquering the Ottomans would be most difficult, but afterwards rather easy to hold or occupy. It is good being glib. I violated my latest reading plan over the holiday weekend.

Ottomans did not, on the whole, engage in trade; they worked in administration; their minorities, Greeks, Jews and Armenians, seperated from them by a gulf of culture and sympathy, traditionally looked after the money side.

Jason Goodwin has provided us with a sprawling popular history, one surveying an empire which stretched across three continents for around 600 hundred years and conducted its affairs in a likely two dozen languages. The matter is presented in a predictably uneven manner. The text is both compelling and insightful as the reader gauges the expansion and retraction of the House of Osman. The Ottoman core principles contributed almost solely to conquest. The reality of an increasing population and the ravages of time forced and exacerbated its fatal contradictions. Is it me, did anyone else know the origins of the croissant extend from the Siege of Vienna? I did not and remain unsure what I think about all that. I'm a bagel fellow by trade. ( )
  jonfaith | Feb 22, 2019 |
This is not a history of the Ottoman Empire as the cover reads. Instead, it is a series of chapters, more or less in chronological order, which cover various themes that apply to the Ottoman Empire (an example: from the chapter entitled "Rhythms" --"The Ottomans felt the geomancer's horror of hard lines, dead spaces and sharp angles"[(p. 133]) . This plus a tendency to repeat incidents, double-back in time, and use extremely florid language, made this book a long slog for me. The Ottoman Empire is one of the black holes in my knowledge of Euro-Asian history, and I was looking for an entertaining but focused introduction before tackling the book sitting on my coffee table, purchased for its excellent reviews, [b:The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East|21535310|The Fall of the Ottomans The Great War in the Middle East|Eugene Rogan|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1400962554s/21535310.jpg|40864291].

It is obvious that the author loves this period and has researched it extensively, gathering in great bundles of amusing incidents, arcane details, and miscellaneous tales. The outcome--a great tangled web--is simultaneously entertaining but also, frankly tiring. As other readers have commented, it is best read with a finger on the page showing the chronological order of sultans to help one keep their historical place, and another on a good atlas of Islamic history, such as the [b:Atlas of Islamic History|22481271|Atlas of Islamic History|Peter Sluglett|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1415588341s/22481271.jpg|41923369]. The latter has been an essential companion to me since it first appeared in 2014. I can not praise it and its maps highly enough.

This is a book to read after one has read a fairly straight-forward history of the Ottoman Empire (please feel free to recommend some). If you skip this step, the weight of the peripheral details in this volume are so many, it's like mixing together a dozen or more ingredients in a complicated recipe before each has been weighed or measured out. ( )
  pbjwelch | Jul 25, 2017 |
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'Perhaps the most readable history ever written' Time Out Lords of the Horizonscharts the Ottoman Empire's swirling epic history; dramatic - detailed and alive - a journey, and a world all in one. The Ottoman Empire has long exerted a strong pull on Western minds and hearts. For over six hundred years the Empire swelled and declined; rising from a dusty fiefdom in the foothills of Anatolia to a power which ruled over the Danube and the Euphrates with the richest court in Europe. But its decline was prodigious, protracted, and total. 'A fascinating read...a perfect companion for anyone who visits Turkey and wants to make sense of it' The Times

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