The Beginnings of the Ottoman Empire

ISBN : 9780198865438

Clive Foss
288 Pages
135 x 216 mm
Pub date
Feb 2022
Oxford Studies in Byzantium
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The Ottoman Empire ruled the near East, dominated the Mediterranean, and terrorized Europe for centuries. However, its origins are obscure. The Beginnings of the Ottoman Empire illuminates the founding of the Empire, drawing on Turkish, Greek, Arabic, and Latin sources as well as coins, buildings, and topographic evidence. Clive Foss takes the reader through the rugged homeland of Osman, the founder of the Ottomans, placing his achievement in the context of his more powerful neighbours, most notably the once mighty Byzantine Empire, then in the terminal stages of its decline. Foss then charts the progress of Osman's son Orhan, until the fateful moment in 1354 when his forces crossed into Europe and began their spectacular conquests.


1 The Homeland of the Ottomans
2 The View from Byzantium
3 Reconciling the Accounts
4 Non-Narrative Sources
5 The Overlords
6 Osman and his Neighbors
Appendix: The Date of the Death of Osman
7 Asia Minor in the 1330s
8 The Aftermath
9 Final Thoughts

About the author: 

Clive Foss is Professor Emeritus at Georgetown University. He has taught at University of Massachusetts (Boston), University of Lyon, Harvard, Berkeley, and the University of South Africa. He has been Visiting Fellow at All Souls and Trinity College, Oxford. He worked at the Sardis excavation and has conducted extensive field studies in Turkey.

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