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The Sultans by Noel Barber

The Sultans (1973)

by Noel Barber

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Di facile lettura, molto interessante, pieno di aneddoti e fatti e misfatti.
La storia dell'impero ottomano da Solimano I fino alla dissoluzione. La politica, l'economia, l'esercito, gli intrighi, la follia dei sultani che portarono i Turchi da potenza mondiale, ad essere ostaggi delle potenze occidentali....
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In those last days of untarnished glory of the mid-sixteenth century, when the Ottoman Empire extended from the gates of Vienna to the Yemen and Aden, from Persia to Oran, when the Sultan Suleiman ruled over six of the seven wonders of the world, there was no place more magnificent in its oriental splendour than the private world that lay behind the arch of the Imperial Gate in Constantinople - the Grand Seraglio of the Sultan.
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The subject of this vast, astonishing and brilliantly readable work of history is the bizarre story of the Ottoman Empire, seen through the lives and actions of its sultans, with their absolute power and terrifying cruelty, their love of pomp and magnificence and their overwhelming venality and corruption. The author describes the men, the events, the daily life, the strange customs of Turkey's court, from her emergence as a great power in the sixteenth century to the death of Kemal Ataturk, who overthrew the Sultanate to establish a new and more modern form of tyranny. This book is a unique and fascinating record of four centuries of glory, debauchery, splendor and cruelty. --from inside jacket flap.

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