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Alan Palmer


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Like Charles II, the Sick Man of Europe was an unconscionable time dying. Time and time again from the 17th century observers predicted the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, yet it outlived all its rivals. As late as 1910 it straddled three continents.;This book offers an overview of the Ottoman Empire's decline from the failure to take Vienna in 1683 to the abolition of the Sultanate in 1922 by Mustafa Kemal, after a revolutionary upsurge of Turkish national pride. The narrative deals with constantly recurring problems: competing secular and religious authority; acceptance or rejection of Western ideas; greedy neighbours; population movements; and the strength or weakness of successive Sultans. But the book also gives special emphasis to the challenges of the early 20th century, when railways and oilfields gave new importance to Ottoman lands in the Middle East.;Recent events have put the problems that faced the later Sultans back upon the world agenda. Names like Basra and Mosul again make the headlines. Alan Palmer's narrative reminds us of the long, sad continuity of conflict in the Lebanon. We read of the Kurdish struggle for survival, of Armenian aspirations for independence, of the lingering interest of the Ottomans in their Libyan provinces, and of the Muslim character of Sarajevo in troubled Yugoslavia. The Ottoman past has great relevance to the changing patterns of eastern Europe and western Asia in this last decade of the century.

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Alan Palmer is the author of over thirty books, including eight historical biographies. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1980.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The title is very accurate of the subject matter 17 juillet 2000
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I was interested in how the Ottoman Empire played into the Great War and of what significance the Ottoman Empire played in the " big picture" of the Great War. Alan Palmer did an excelent job of discussing only the end of the Ottoman Empire and answering all of my questions. Be forewarned about this book, I had to have a dictionary handy to get through each chapter. This book is not for someone that does not want to be challenged with new words. Unlike another review of this book, I found that the more I read and understood how Turkey fit into the European puzzle, I became more interested. True, my interest is very focused, however, this book provide the information I was looking for.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 A good overview of an Empire's painful decline 11 décembre 2003
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The Ottoman Empire was referred to "the Sick Man of Europe" in the mid-19th century, giving one the image of a decrepit old man with one foot in the grave - as indeed the Ottoman Empire was for over 100 years before its final, ignoble demise. Alan Palmer provides a good, if broad overview of the possible causes of the Muslim empire's death by a thousand cuts and the reasons why it took so long for it to finally dissolve. However, I found it lacking.
Palmer does an adequate job of outlining the major politcal reasons given for the decline. And for those seeking a an introduction into the last half of the Ottoman empire, this would be a good book to begin with. However, there is much that Palmer does not explore that merits some attention, even in a general history such as this.
For example, very little is mentioned of the Tanzimat Reforms, an attempt in the early 19th century by the Turks to modernize and industrialize along the lines of Europe after the Enlightenment. Similarly, Palmer would have been better served to disucss the role that the "Great Powers" of Europe played in simultaneously propping the Ottoman Empire up (as a balwark against the Russians) while assisting in tearing it down (by supporting the emergence of Balkan nation states.) to a greater degree.
I enjoyed _The Decline and Fall of the Ottoman Empire_, but it did not do the subject matter justice.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Great overview 1 janvier 2013
Par Anerio V. Altman, Esq. - Publié sur Amazon.com
This is a great overview of Ottoman history from the apex of its power until its final dissolution in 1920. It is a very "top down" history, insofar as the author focuses on the sultanate rather than going into the life of the average ottoman citizen, which is unfortunate, but as far as the illustration of those factors that kept the Ottomans going after all their contemporaries had faded into history it was great.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Factually accurate, but as dull as dishwater 28 août 1998
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Palmer's scholarship is immaculate, but this is one of the dullest books I've ever read. Let's hope that history professors overlook this book; it's the type of work that by itself could turn a student away from the study of history.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Interesting, but a bit of a blur 23 juin 2012
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This book covers approximately 475 years of the history of the Ottoman Empire in 300 pages. As such, I found it to be interesting, but dry and a bit of a blur. There were just too many Sultans and other characters, crammed into too small a space, with the result that the overall picture was very indistinct. I got the feeling that a 30-page chapter in a history book could have summarized the material and presented it a clearer manner. Alternatively, if the book were expanded to several thousand pages, or perhaps broken into several books, the result would also have been clearer. The inclusion of so much material left little room to discuss critical events. Important events like the Crimean War are presented in a few pages, others like WWI were presented in a little bit more but still too few to get a firm grasp on what was going on, which is a shame because the book makes it clear that much of the 20th century history of the Middle East and the Balkans was determined by the events discussed in this book. While somewhat of a blur, the book does describe many reasons for the fall of the Ottoman Empire, namely:
1) While many Sultans tried to modernize the empire, the strong opposition to modernization doomed their reforms and ultimately the empire itself.
2) A number of independent power centers, primarily that in Egypt, developed at the expense of a centralized empire, which led to a fragmentation of the empire.
3) The author cites various experts that ascribed the fall to the Empire's thrust into Europe, which weakened the empire and prevented a focus on Anatolia and the Moslem lands of Arabia.

I can only recommend this book to those who are somewhat familiar with the history of the Turkey and the Balkans. Others, like myself, are apt to find the book hard to follow, and a case of too much material presented in too few pages. The book might also be useful as a reference as it has a useful index, a list of Sultans, and glossary. It has three maps, but no photographs.
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