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Under Osman's Tree: The Ottoman Empire, Egypt, and Environmental History

Alan Mikhail
Format
EBook; Book; Online
Published
Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2017.
Language
English
ISBN
9780226427201
Target Audience
Specialized
Summary
Osman, the founder of the Ottoman Empire, had a dream in which a tree sprouted from his navel. As the tree grew, its shade covered the earth; as Osman's empire grew, it, too, covered the earth. This is the most widely accepted foundation myth of the longest-lasting empire in the history of Islam, and offers a telling clue to its unique legacy. Underlying every aspect of the Ottoman Empire's epic history - from its founding around 1300 to its end in the 20th century - is its successful management of natural resources. This work analyses this rich environmental history to understand the most remarkable qualities of the Ottoman Empire - its longevity, politics, economy, and society.
Description
1 online resource : illustrations (black and white), maps (black and white)
Notes
  • Previously issued in print: 2017.
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
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