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By Gabriel Piterberg

Within the area of six years early within the 17th century, the Ottoman Empire underwent such turmoil and trauma--the assassination of the younger ruler Osman II, the re-enthronement and next abdication of his mad uncle Mustafa I, for a start--that a student suggested the period's three-day-long dramatic climax "an Ottoman Tragedy." lower than Gabriel Piterberg's deft research, this era of obstacle turns into a ancient laboratory for the historical past of the Ottoman Empire within the 17th century--an chance to monitor the dialectical play among historical past as an prevalence and event and background as a recounting of that have. Piterberg reconstructs the Ottoman narration of this fraught interval from the foundational textual content, produced within the early 1620s, to the composition of the nation narrative on the finish of the 17th century. His paintings brings theories of historiography into discussion with the particular interpretation of Ottoman ancient texts, and forces a rethinking of either Ottoman historiography and the Ottoman kingdom within the 17th century. A provocative reinterpretation of a massive occasion in Ottoman heritage, this paintings reconceives the relation among historiography and background.

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The alternative historical consciousness, the one that won the day, was what Lindner calls state ideology. It constituted the new identity of the House of Osman as the sovereign of a dynastic, increasingly sedentary, bureaucratic state, a ruling house that no longer saw itself as a distinguished family of gazis that, in relation to other families, was primus inter pares. And it was supported and articulated by groups whose interests were invested in such a state: the orthodox ulema, the central bureaucracy, and the kul.

His work was written not more than a decade after Apz’s and was an attempt to amalgamate three clusters of historical sources: the first was a group of works of which Apz’s text is a major representative; the second comprised what can be called court histories (most notably Ahmedi’s and S¸ukrüllah’s); and the third comprised annalistic calendars. Menage’s analysis of Nes¸ri’s text and Kafadar’s argument suggest that although these clusters had common features, they at the same time kept their distinct identity.

Whether there was a scribe]. The officers pointed at this humble one [Karamizak, Peçevi’s indirect informant]. They instantly produced a scribe’s pencase. First of all I wrote an imperial decree for the grand vezirate. Then according to procedure eighteen positions were granted with our decree. 42 Appointing Kara Davud Pasha to the grand vezirate was tantamount to signing Genç Osman’s death warrant. Here all the historians stress the bad blood between the two and the extent to which Sultan Osman had undermined Davud Pasha’s career.

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