Guns for the Sultan
Military Power and the Weapons Industry in the Ottoman Empire
By (author) Gabor Agoston
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Guns for the Sultan by Gabor Agoston
Book DescriptionGabor Agoston's book contributes to an emerging strand of military history, that examines organised violence as a challenge to early modern states, their societies and economies. His is the first to examine the weapons technology and armaments industries of the Ottoman Empire, the only Islamic empire that threatened Europe on its own territory in the age of the Gunpowder Revolution. Based on extensive research in the Turkish archives, the book affords much insight regarding the early success and subsequent failure of an Islamic empire against European adversaries. It demonstrates Ottoman flexibility and the existence of an early modern arms market and information exchange across the cultural divide, as well as Ottoman self-sufficiency in weapons and arms production well into the eighteenth century. Challenging the sweeping statements of Eurocentric and Orientalist scholarship, the book disputes the notion of Islamic conservatism, the Ottomans' supposed technological inferiority and the alleged insufficiencies in production capacity. This is a provocative, intelligent and penetrating analysis, which successfully contends traditional perceptions of Ottoman and Islamic history.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521843133
(228mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 24-Mar-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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The book affords insight into the early success and subsequent failure of an Islamic empire against European adversaries.
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Author Biography - Gabor Agoston
Gabor Agoston is Assistant Professor in the Department of History, Georgetown University. His previous publications include Hungary in the Seventeenth Century (with Terez Oborni, 2000).
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