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"Caroline Finkel effortlessly conveys the high drama
of Ottoman history."
perhaps the first time in English, a genuine Ottoman scholar has written a
clear narrative account of the great empire based mainly on Turkish rather than
hostile western accounts. The result is not only a revelation; it is a vital corrective
to the influential but partial and wrong-headed readings of the flagbearers of
, The Scotsman
"Finkel has managed to produce a scholarly,
lucid, judicious and enjoyable account of over 600 years of history in a single
volume, which will surely be the standard work of its kind for many years to
—Times Literary Supplement
"An absorbing, monumental story of one of the most
reviled and misunderstood of all empires.... Osman's Dream is a marvelous achievement."
—BBC History Magazine
"How timely to have such a lucid, well-researched, and
fair-minded history of the Ottoman Empire--and one too which treats it not as
some exotic and alien world, but as part of our common past."
, author of Paris 1919
"Osman's Dream is a treasure for anyone who wants to
know exactly what happened when in the Ottoman Empire. Here at last is a
reliable history that takes into full account not only the work of
international and Turkish historians but also the writings of the Ottomans
, author of Sons of the Conquerors: The Rise of theTurkic World
"Finkel has brilliantly woven together a highly
readable survey of 600 years of Ottoman history. Well researched and
beautifully written, Osman's Dream will be essential reading for anyone who
wants to know more about the Empire that ruled for centuries over so many of
our contemporary trouble spots--from the Balkans to the Arab world."
—Heath W. Lowry, Princeton University
"Finkel is judicious, evenhanded and objective...is an
impressive and important work."
"[Finkel's] mastery of the historical literature is
obvious: The sheer amount of information packed between these two covers makes
it a landmark achievement."
—New York Sun
"With this superb book, Finkel boldly covers new
ground in striving to show the Ottoman Empire from within.... Having spent 15
years living in Turkey, Finkel is uniquely positioned to overcome the practical
hurdles to Ottoman research, but her real strength is in historiography: she
has a keen ability to extract salient observations from her sources even as she
renders their political motives transparent. The result is a panorama of the
Ottoman Empire to rival the best portraits of the Romanovs and Habsburgs, and a
must-have for history collections."
"The timing of Caroline Finkel's splendidly written Osman's Dream
reflects the buoyant state of Ottoman scholarship. Neglected archives have been triumphantly mined by a new generation of scholars, and Finkel's intimacy with the material makes this the most authoritative narrative history of the empire yet published."—Literary Review
is a deeply sympathetic, compelling and highly readable account of the rise and fall of an immensely complex and dynamic society which, at its height was the most the most far-reaching and the most powerful Empire the world had ever seen. But it is also something more. For Caroline Finkel has not only told history of how a band of Turcoman warriors from eastern Anatolia came to dominate so much of the world. She has also shown why that history matters, why today we are in no position to understand, not merely the modern Republic of Turkey but also modern Islam unless we also understand the past, and the present perception, of the greatest and most enduring of the Islamic states."—Anthony Pagden, Distinguished Professor of History and Political Science, UCLA