• The Ottomans

  • Khans, Caesars, and Caliphs
  • By: Marc David Baer
  • Narrated by: Jamie Parker
  • Length: 17 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (68 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This major new history of the Ottoman dynasty reveals a diverse empire that straddled East and West.

The Ottoman Empire has long been depicted as the Islamic Asian antithesis of the Christian European West. But the reality was starkly different: the Ottomans’ multiethnic, multilingual, and multireligious domain reached deep into Europe’s heart. Indeed, the Ottoman rulers saw themselves as the new Romans. Recounting the Ottomans’ remarkable rise from a frontier principality to a world empire, historian Marc David Baer traces their debts to their Turkish, Mongolian, Islamic, and Byzantine heritage. The Ottomans pioneered religious toleration even as they used religious conversion to integrate conquered peoples. But in the 19th century, they embraced exclusivity, leading to ethnic cleansing, genocide, and the empire’s demise after the First World War.  

The Ottomans vividly reveals the dynasty’s full history and its enduring impact on Europe and the world.

©2021 Marc David Baer (P)2021 Basic Books
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Critic Reviews

“A compellingly readable account of one of the great world empires from its origins in 13th century to modern times. Drawing on contemporary Turkish and European sources, Marc David Baer situates the Ottomans squarely at the overlap of European and Middle Eastern history. Blending the sacred and the profane, the social and the political, the sublime and the absurd, Baer brings his subject to life in rich vignettes. An outstanding book.” (Eugene Rogan, author of The Fall of the Ottomans)

“Marc David Baer’s colorful, readable book is informed by all the newest research on his massive subject. In showing how an epic of universal empire, conquest and toleration turned into the drama of nationalism, crisis, and genocide, he gives us not only an expansive history of the Ottomans but an expanded history of Europe.” (James McDougall, University of Oxford)

“Marc David Baer’s The Ottomans is a scintillating and brilliantly panoramic account of the history of the Ottoman empire, from its genesis to its dissolution. Baer provides a clear and engaging account of the dynastic and high politics of the empire, whilst also surveying the Ottoman world’s social, cultural, intellectual and economic development. What emerges is an Ottoman Empire that was a direct product of and an active participant in both European and global history. It challenges and transforms how we think of ‘East’ and ‘West’, ‘Enlightenment’, and ‘modernity’, and directly confronts the horrors as well as the achievements of Ottoman rule.” (Peter Sarris, University of Cambridge)

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Eye opening

Totally changes and enlightened one’s perception of European and Middle Eastern history. Especially this changes the perception of the first world war and the subsequent wars genocide and murder that happened in year what happened during World War II was part and parcel started by the ottomans. Highly recommend.

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highly inaccurate

pro British anti turkish propaganda. these people claim to be academics, and they look down on the very people the claim to be studying. Worst of all he is highly inaccurate, this idiot literally tried to suggest Gazi Sultan Osman Han was supported by Mongols. RETARD

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Well done

We hear about Ottomans, Romans, Persians, etc… typically out of context and with much here say. Mr. Baer’s summary debunks some of the myth and well outlines the progression in coming of age and then shortfalls. References made to Safavid dynasty as well as plight of Kurds and Armenians is Al’s noteworthy.
You may want to watch the Netflix mini series on Ottomans first which is about capture of Constantinople. While highly dramatized, it will give you a good visual.

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More opinionated

Too much opinion of the writer instead of clean and true history. The book should be names my opinion of Ottoman Empire.

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