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By Karen Barkey

This ebook is a comparative examine of imperial association and durability that assesses Ottoman successes in addition to mess ups opposed to these of alternative empires with related features. Barkey examines the Ottoman Empire's social association and mechanisms of rule at key moments of its background, emergence, imperial institutionalization, home improvement, and transition to countryside, revealing how the empire controlled those moments, tailored, and avoided crises and what alterations made it rework dramatically. The versatile thoughts through which the Ottomans maintained their legitimacy, the cooperation in their different elites either on the middle and within the provinces, in addition to their keep an eye on over fiscal and human assets have been chargeable for the durability of this actual ''negotiated empire.'' Her research illuminates subject matters that come with imperial governance, imperial associations, imperial range and multiculturalism, the way within which dissent is dealt with and/or internalized, and the character of kingdom society negotiations.

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Scholars have demonstrated that longevity and maintenance were the result of the empires’ ability to constantly renovate themselves and to incorporate the best available men. ); see also John Padgett, and Christopher Ansell, “Robust Action and the Rise of the Medici, 1400–1434,” American Journal of Sociology 98 (1993): 1259–1319. It is also the main argument in Motyl, Imperial Ends. Whittaker, Rome and Its Frontiers, 3. 17:52 P1: IRP CUUS172-01 cuus172 978 0 521 88740 3 Introduction May 1, 2008 19 Rome demonstrated a remarkable ability to transform itself throughout the ages.

Although such careful assessment has been seen as both early bureaucratization and merely the greed of taxation, early success demonstrates that it was quite possible that Ottomans convinced the vanquished of their conquerors’ larger interest in their well-being. Just as Rome deemed outsiders to be worthy of inclusion, the Ottomans did so as well, coexisting, comingling, and intermarrying with conquered populations, elites, and common people alike. Furthermore, just as Romans paid attention to preserve a class of provincials that did not feel alienated from the state, Ottomans maintained a set of provincial office holders who were both dependent on and rewarded by the state.

The Ottoman Empire formally existed from 1300 to 1918. The Habsburgs ruled nearly 400 years, and the Romanovs ruled from 1613 to 1917. These are impressively long stretches of time, especially compared to the longevity of the nation-state, the relatively new political formation that followed empire. The discussion of what keeps empires dominant and durable for a long period of time raises questions of grand strategy, state ability to control populations, and the structure of relations between the imperial state and the multiple domains that comprise the periphery.

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