The Edinburgh History of the Greeks, 1453 to 1774: The Ottoman Empire

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Molly Greene, Ph.D. 1993.

“The period of Ottoman rule in Greek history has undergone a dramatic reassessment in recent years. Long reviled as four hundred years of unrelieved slavery and barbarity ('the Turkish yoke'), a new generation of scholars, based mainly but not exclusively in Greece, is rejecting this view in favor of a more nuanced picture of the Greek experience in the Ottoman Empire.

This volume considers this new scholarship, most of it in Greek, and makes it accessible for the first time to a wider audience. Molly Greene also discusses the changing views of the Ottoman Empire more generally and assesses what this changing historiography can tell us about this period in Greek history.

The book begins with the conventional date of 1453, the fall of Constantinople, and includes debates over the extent to which 1453 represented a real break with the past. The volume ends with the Russo-Ottoman War of 1768-1774, which brought to an end the relative peace and stability of the Ottoman eighteenth century and helped to usher in the nationalist movements in the region."


"The Edinburgh History of the Greeks, 1453 to 1768 comprehensively covers the cultural, economic and political development of the Greeks under Ottoman rule. It fills a crucial vacuum in the field and performs a much needed role as a basic text on the history of an important community of the Balkans and Anatolia over the full span of its half millennium experience of Ottoman rule." —Dr Rhoads Murphy, Reader in Ottoman Studies, University of Birmingham

Edinburgh University Press
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9780748639274, 9780748693993