The Ottoman Power in Europe: Its Nature, Its Growth, and Its Decline

The Ottoman Power in Europe: Its Nature, Its Growth, and Its Decline

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The Ottoman Power in Europe: Its Nature, Its Growth, and Its Decline

The Ottoman Power in Europe: Its Nature, Its Growth, and Its Decline

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I should wish this little book to be taken as in some sort a companion to my lately reprinted History and Conquests of the Saracens. I there, while speaking of most of the other chief Mahometan nations, had no opportunity of speaking at all at length of the Ottoman Turks. That lack is here supplied, supplied that is in the same general way in which the whole subject of Mahometan history was treated in the earlier volume. Neither pretends to be at all a full account of any branch of the subject; in both I deal with Eastern and Mahometan affairs mainly in their reference to Western and Christian affairs. The Ottoman Turks have had, at least for some centuries past, a greater influence on Western and Christian affairs than any other Eastern and Mahometan people. Their history, from the point of view in which I look at it, is therefore the natural completion of my former subject.

But there is one wide difference between the two books, a difference wide at least in appearance, though I believe that the difference is in appearance only.

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