A Provincial History of the Ottoman Empire
Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean in the Nineteenth Century
By Marc Aymes
Routledge – 2013 – 240 pages
Provincializing the history of the Ottoman Empire, this book provides a critical approach to the projects of ‘modernity’ that took place in the Eastern Mediterranean over the past two centuries.
Leaving their mark on this period are; the turmoil of insurgency in Greece and Egypt, a growing intervention of European Powers in Eastern Mediterranean politics, and the unfolding of large reform projects within the administration of the Ottoman Empire. Whilst these developments have prompted enduring debates over Middle Eastern paths of transformation, the case of Cyprus has remained isolated from these discussions, something this book seeks to address.
One of the first research monographs to appear in English on Cyprus during the eventful times of the Ottoman ‘long’ 19th century, this book consistently seeks to provide a dialogue between source analyses and theoretical frameworks. Exploring the myriad relationships between this singular locality and the regional – not to say global – dynamics of empire, trade and social change at that time, A Provincial History of the Ottoman Empire will be of interest to students and scholars with an interest in the Middle East and Modern History.
Introduction: Questioning the Province 1 The Nation as History 2 Ottoman Entanglements 3 Eventful Synchronicities: The Scales of the 'Eastern Question' 4 Europe Absorbed: Territorial Imprints 5 A Departing World? Conclusion: Provincial Empire
Marc Aymes is a research fellow at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris. His works focus on Mediterranean provincials and forging Ottomans. He currently serves as an editor of the European Journal of Turkish Studies and of the journal Labyrinthe: Atelier interdisciplinaire.