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eBook Suleiman the Magnificent ePub

by Andre Clot

  • ISBN: 1561310395
  • Category: Leaders and Notable People
  • Subcategory: Biography
  • Author: Andre Clot
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: New Amsterdam Books (January 1, 1993)
  • ePub book: 1670 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1949 kb
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  • Rating: 4.8
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A biography of Suleiman the Magnificent, the most glorious of the Ottoman sultans, who kept Europe atremble for nearly half a century.

A biography of Suleiman the Magnificent, the most glorious of the Ottoman sultans, who kept Europe atremble for nearly half a century.

Andre Clot is an historian and journalist who have spent many years in the countries that made up the Ottoman Empire. It quickly becomes apparent why he is called "Suleiman the Magnificent. He is author of Harun al-Rashid and the World of the Thousand and One Nights also published by Saqi Books. In addition, here is a part of Europe's history from a non-European perspective.

Suleiman the Magnificent, most glorious of the Ottoman sultans, kept Europe atremble for nearly half a century. Faced with this redoubtable champion, who regarded it as his duty to extend the boundaries of Islam farther and farther, the Christian world struggled to unite against him. 'The Shadow of God on Earth', but also an expert politician and all-powerful despot, Suleiman ruled the state firmly with the help of his viziers.

Suleiman the Magnificent book. Given this, Andre Clot’s biography of the sultan is to be welcomed. A longtime journalist, Clot divides his book into two parts. The first is a straightforward narrative of Suleiman’s life that addresses on the political and military aspects of his reign.

Soliman le Magnifique, le plus glorieux des sultans ottomans, fit trembler l'Europe pendant près d'un demi-siècle.

Suleiman's reign as Sultan marked the apogee of Ottoman power. His empire held dominion over three continents, and, populated by more than thirty million inhabitants, prospered under a well-directed and authoritarian economy. In this celebrated book Andr? Clot successfully produces both a life of the man and a stimulating popular history of the Ottoman Empire during this period. Suleiman the Magnificent - André Clot. Suleiman the Magnificent. Translated from the French by. Matthew J. Reisz. Remove from Wishlist.

Suleiman the Magnificent by Andre Clot Book The Fast Free Shipping. Suleiman the Magnificent, most celebrated of the Ottoman sultans, kept Europe at bay for nearly half a century. 39 RUB. + 36. 1 RUB Shipping. Suleiman the Magnificent 1520-1566 (Hardback or Cased Book). 23 RUB. + 52. 5 RUB Shipping. Known as "The Shadow of God on Earth," but also the expert politician and all-powerful despot, Suleiman ruled the state firmly with the help of his viziers. Since, he believed, God had invested him with power, he felt obliged to ensure justice and see to the well-being of his subjects. In this book Andre Clot successfully produces both a life of the man and portrays a history of the Ottoman Empire at its peak. Format Paperback 399 pages. Dimensions 135 x 210 x 30mm 38. 5g.

Suleiman I (Ottoman Turkish: سلطان سليمان اول‎ Sultan Süleyman-ı Evvel; Turkish: Birinci Süleyman, Kanunî Sultan Süleyman or Muhteşem Süleyman; 6 November 1494 – 6 September 1566), commonly known as Suleiman the Magnificent in the West and Kanunî Su. .

Suleiman I (Ottoman Turkish: سلطان سليمان اول‎ Sultan Süleyman-ı Evvel; Turkish: Birinci Süleyman, Kanunî Sultan Süleyman or Muhteşem Süleyman; 6 November 1494 – 6 September 1566), commonly known as Suleiman the Magnificent in the West and Kanunî Sultan Süleyman (Ottoman Turkish: قانونى سلطان سليمان‎; "Suleiman the Lawgiver") in his realm, was the tenth and longest-reigning Sultan of the Ottoman Empire from 1520 until his death in 1566.

A biography of Suleiman the Magnificent, the most glorious of the Ottoman sultans, who kept Europe atremble for nearly half a century. Clot examines how, in just a few years, The Shadow of God on Earth led his army—the most powerful in the sixteenth century—as far as the gates of Vienna, making himself master of the Mediterranean. Also discussed are the policies that allowed Suleiman the Magnificent to rule over a propserous dominion of 30,000,000 inhabitants, among whom nearly all the races and religions of mankind were represented.

Comments

Naktilar Naktilar
I am not a history fanatic and seldom read "history" books. This book gives a detailed look at Suleiman's reign, administrative governorship and provides an insight into his dominance of the region. It quickly becomes apparent why he is called "Suleiman the Magnificent." In addition, here is a part of Europe's history from a non-European perspective. One quickly begins to understand the European fear of Islam even though Suleiman's main leaders and governors were Christians converted to Islam and Christian and Jews lived relatively peacefully in his kingdom while about the same time Christians were going through the inquisition and Martin Luther's followers were gaining more support. It is interesting to note that while European and Papal leaders struggled with financial issues, Suleiman, and many in his kingdom, led an opulent lifestyle.

The book is divided into sections. The first focuses on Suleiman and his history. The second part focuses on Suleiman's kingdom and administration. I found the first part fascinating.
Mr_Jeйson Mr_Jeйson
Very interesting book, not only about Suleiman but Turkey as well. Never thought about Turkey much until "Magnificent Century". Amazing history and culture. This book seemed very well researched and it was presented in a way easy to follow and understand despite all the complicated names. Wish I could visit Turkey to see these historical places but with the present conflicts in that area, probably that won't be happening any time soon.
Jelar Jelar
This is a popular historical introduction to the greatest of all Turkish leaders, Suleiman, called magnificent by his European adversaries. During his reign, not only did the Ottoman Empire reach its greatest territorial extent and richness, but he also sowed the seeds of its subsequent decline over the next 300 years. While he ruled, many feared that he would conquer a squabbling and fractured Western Europe (with the Reformation wars), that his unequalled military machine was unstoppable.

Suleiman inherited and refined a military state that was greater than any since the Roman Empire of the West. It was a meritocracy based on a kind of temporary aristocracy that was granted domains in exchange for military service as cavalry when needed; their position was non-inheritable and based exclusively on service, so easily revoked. The Ottoman state also systematically searched for talent, often non-Muslim in origin, for absorption and education to serve the Empire as administrators or the elite fighting force, the Janissaries. Together with occasional fighters of the lower classes, they formed the most disciplined military force in existence; they also had cutting-edge military technology, especially ordinance, but soon ships.

At the start of his reign, the Empire was poised for a major expansion on 4 fronts: into Central Europe, Northern Africa/Arabia, Persia, and the Mediterranean (as the world's greatest naval power). For many years, it appeared that Suleiman would win on all fronts as victory followed victory. With each new territory came extraordinary riches, so that his treasury was full to overflowing. However, by overextending his forces, the Empire reached a point of natural maximum expansion. That was the beginning of the decline: without new territories from which to extract resources, local potentates had to raise taxes within the Empire's borders.

In addition, there was a problem of succession, with several competent heirs executed (justly or unjustly, it is impossible to know) so that Selim the Sot was the only one left to take over, at a time when dynamic leadership was required to transform the Empire fundamentally. Suleiman also brought the Harem permanently into the palace, due to his attachment to Roxeline, which brought intrigues to the center of the government, with catastrophic consequences for the delicate balances of competent provincial administrators and fair treatment of subjects. Finally, the system of temporary aristocracy became hereditary, based on privilege rather than military merit.

This eventually led to legendary corruption and slow disintegration right at the moment that Western Europe was modernizing its technologies of transport (with the oceans rather than the Mediterranean as their trade routes), its military science, and the creation of a new dynamism in its economies (with trade surpluses to invest) that developed later into industrial capitalism based on the mobilization of entire nations and with investments financed by foreign exchange. Turkey was left behind by all these developments, to become the "sick man" of Europe when all the systems that had once worked so well became deadly liabilities.

Unfortunately, the reader does not get much of feel for Suleiman as a person, except for his domination by Roxeline and his modesty as reflected in his poetry. Moreover, the book is a popularization that is based almost entirely on secondary sources - Clot breaks no new ground and offers very few primary-source quotes to flavor his story. Finally, the footnotes are rare and uninteresting, which for me means that the book is not at all intended for scholars (not that I am one, but footnotes offer certain pleasures that I missed).

In spite of these criticisms, this book is a very good read. I finished it wanting to learn more about the period, always the best sign of success for me. Indeed, understanding Suleiman is key to understanding the development of European modernism after the Renaissance; his threat may have enabled the Protestant states to establish themselves as viable political entities. Recommended.
Hugighma Hugighma
Its translated from the french version so some of the sentences are worded awkwardly. It also has factual errors that should have been obvious. The book also never goes in depth in to Suleimans life, and is more about the world in which he lived in. There is some good information in the book however and the appendixes were useful.
Silver Globol Silver Globol
Covers Suleiman's life and times from a wider and more comprehensive viewpoint than Harold Lamb's book. I recommend both for a complete picture of that era. Excellent and detailed research.
Snowseeker Snowseeker
So nicely written that it is hard to put down at times. So today when I read that the war between the same factions had been warring from the 1300s.
Ishnllador Ishnllador
Wife is fascinated by historic narratives and this one did not disappoint.
Great book. It has enlighten me with more what I wanted to know about this great figure..