By Ali Yaycioglu

Partners of the Empire deals an intensive rethinking of the Ottoman Empire within the eighteenth and early 19th centuries. Over this risky interval, the Ottoman Empire confronted political crises, institutional shakeups, and renowned insurrections. It spoke back via a number of reform techniques and settlements. New institutional configurations emerged; constitutional texts have been codified—and annulled. The empire grew to become a political theater the place various actors struggled, collaborated, and competed on conflicting agendas and opposing interests.

This publication takes a holistic examine the period, no longer easily in crucial reforms or in local advancements, yet of their interactions. Drawing on unique archival resources, Ali Yaycioglu uncovers the styles of political action—the making and unmaking of coalitions, sorts of construction and wasting strength, and expressions of public opinion. Countering universal assumptions, he indicates that the Ottoman transformation within the Age of Revolutions was once now not a linear transition from the previous order to the recent, from decentralized nation to centralized, from jap to Western associations, or from pre-modern to fashionable. really, it was once a condensed interval of transformation that counted many crossing paths, in addition to dead-ends, all of which provided a wealthy repertoire of governing chances to be undefined, reinterpreted, or eventually forgotten.

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The central pillar of the polity was the Ottoman dynasty (Āl-i ‘Os̱mān), which had founded and ruled the empire from the fourteenth century on without interruption or competition.

3. Political culture—Turkey—History—18th century. 4. Political culture—Turkey—History—19th century. 5. Turkey—Politics and government—18th century. 6. Turkey—Politics and government—19th century. 7. Turkey—History—Ottoman Empire, 1288–1918. 8. Turkey—History—Selim III, 1789–1807. I. Title. 015—dc23 2015028108 Typeset by Bruce Lundquist in 10/12 Sabon Partners of the Empire The Crisis of the Ottoman Order in the Age of Revolutions Ali Yaycioglu STANFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS STANFORD, CALIFORNIA To my late father, Alâettin Yaycıoğlu, and my mother, Rezan Yaycıoğlu Contents Preface A Note on Transliteration and Exchange Rates Introduction 1.

Known as a young prince with a reform agenda, he aspired to serve the people, transforming disorder into order. 7 Selim’s aspiration to serve the people reflected a new orientation. In traditional imperial discourse, God entrusted the people to the sultan, who was ordained to rule them. Selim reoriented this relationship. He joyfully desired to serve the people. The choice of the word “people” (nās) was perhaps a deliberate choice, giving a sense of universalism. It sounds as though Selim aspired to serve humanity.

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