Seeds of Power: Explorations in Ottoman Environmental History
Edited by Onur İnal and Yavuz KöseNATURE, POWER AND THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE
The Ottoman Empire was one of the greatest early modern world empires, stretching from the outskirts of Vienna in the west to the Caucasus Mountains in the east and from the tip of Arabian Peninsula in the south to the Ukrainian steppes in the north, covering an area of 3.81 million square kilometres. The Ottomans were remarkable not just for their political and military success but also for their desire and ability to understand, adapt, modify and manage different environments. This edited volume is the first collective effort to take an original look at the Ottomans through the lens of environmental history. In its wide-ranging essays, environmental perspectives illuminate diverse historical processes and events in the long history of the Ottoman Empire. The essays thus offer new answers to old questions – but also ask new questions – about the ways the Ottomans related to, depended on, thought about and interacted with the natural environment. It will appeal to anyone interested in the environmental history of one of the world’s largest and most durable empires, the longest-lasting in the history of the Muslim world.
Onur İnal is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Vienna and founder of Network for the Environmental History of Turkey (NEHT). His research focuses on the urban and environmental histories of the late Ottoman Empire and early Republican Turkey.
Yavuz Köse is Professor of Turcology at the University of Vienna, board member of TürkeiEuropaZentrum (TEZ), and president of the Society of Turkic, Ottoman and Turkish Studies (GTOT). He researches the social, economic, and consumption history of the Ottoman Empire and Turkey. Particularly, he is interested in the effects of modernisation and globalisation in the late Ottoman Empire.