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Author Lafi, Nora
Source Hyper Articles en Ligne (HAL)
Content type Text
Publisher Leipziger Universitätsverlag
File Format PDF
Language English
Subject Keyword Ottoman Empire ♦ Arab World ♦ Historiography ♦ History ♦ Islam ♦ Monde Arabe ♦ Empire Ottoman ♦ shs ♦ Humanities and Social Sciences/History
Abstract In his 1954 address to the American Philosophical Society on the role of the Ottoman Empire in world history, Arnold Toynbee emphasized the importance of the year 1453. The subsequent centuries he envisioned as merely a series of splendours and failures leading inevitably to the collapse of the Empire and the creation of the modern Turkish state. For many years, the process was seen as follows: the Ottoman Empire was a counterpoint to great global frescoes which had little to do with the methodological progress to be accomplished later in the field of history, now tackled from a global perspective. Even in this framework, as will be seen, the place of the eighteenth century cannot be taken for granted. The Ottoman Empire’s important position is recognized, of course, in valuations of the interlaced cultural and institutional spheres which have shaped the world; it is conceded that the Empire incarnated certain crucial aspects of the evolution of these spheres and their interstices at the moment when modernity emerged, the fundamentals of which are to be discussed on a solid base, beyond cumbersome ideological wreckage. Nevertheless, in the field of Ottoman studies, the common era eighteenth century is rarely considered as a key period. Work has tended to focus on Ottoman expansion in earlier period, as well as on the decline, portrayed as irremediable, of the nineteenth century. Nevertheless, for the Ottoman Empire – and in particular for its Arab provinces, the eighteenth century represents a crucial moment. (This is not to ignore other aspects of the Empire nor non-Ottoman areas of the Arabic cultural domain). From a global historical perspective, the study of these provinces is a crucial area for current research.
ISBN 3865837549
Educational Use Research
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2014-01-01
Publisher Place Leipzig
Page Count 30
Starting Page 231
Ending Page 260