The studies included in the present collection by Elizabeth Zachariadou are concerned with the long period of transition from the Byzantine Empire to its successor, the Ottoman Empire. Among the themes covered are the processes of settlement and state-formation amongst the nomadic and often superficially islamized Turks who invaded Asia Minor, and the interactions between them and the conquered Christian population, including not infrequent intermarriage. Other studies focus on how the Greek Orthodox inhabitants of the old Byzantine territories became centred around their ecclesiastical authorities and the patriarchate, and accommodated themselves to their new masters, offering particular services notably in economic life and foreign relations, and channelling their energies into such fruitful areas as trade and shipping.
Contents: Preface; Part 1 Before the Ottoman Empire: The Oguz tribes: the silence of the Byzantine sources; Religious dialogue between Byzantines and Turks during the Ottoman expansion; Notes sur la population de l' Asie Mineure turque au XIVe siècle; Notes on the wives of the emirs in 14th-century Anatolia; The presents of the emirs; S'enrichir en Asie Mineure au XIVe siècle; The early years of Ibrahim I. Karamanoglu; The emirate of Karasi and that of the Ottomans: 2 rival states; Gazi Ã§elebi of Sinope. Part 2 The Early Ottomans: Natural disasters: moments of opportunity; SÃ¼leyman Ã§elebi in Rumili and the Ottoman chronicles; Marginalia on the history of Epirus and Albania (1380-1418); From Avlona to Antalya: reviewing the Ottoman military operations of the 1380s; Ottoman diplomacy and the Danube frontier (1420-1424); Lauro Quirini and the Turkish sanjaks (ca. 1430). Part 3 The Aegean World: Notes on the subasis and the early sancakbeyis of Gelibolu; Holy war in the Aegean during the 14th-century; The sandjak of Naxos in 1641; Monks and sailors under the Ottoman sultans; Changing masters in the Aegean. Part 4 The Greek Orthodox Subjects of the Sultan: The neomartyr's message; Les notables laÃ¯ques et le Patriarcat Å“cuménique après la chute de Constantinople; Constantinople se repeuple; La chute de Constantinople en 1453 et la mythologie postérieure; The worrisome wealth of the Celnik Radic; Index.
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