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Alexander's Path
by Freya Stark
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Ancient Turkey : A Traveller's History
by Seton Lloyd
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The Antiquities of Constantinople
by Pierre Gilles
Paperback: 300 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.75 x 8.75 x 5.75
Publisher: Italica Press, Inc.; ; 2nd Revision edition (January 1988)
ISBN: 0934977011

Architecture, Ceremonial, and Power: The Topkapi Palace in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries (Architectural History Foundation Book)
by Gulru Necipoglu

Ataturk : The Biography of the Founder of Modern Turkey
by Andrew Mango
Book Description: In this major new biography of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, and the first to appear in English based on Turkish sources, Andrew Mango strips away the myth, to show the complexities of one of the most visionary, influential, and enigmatic statesmen of the century. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk was virtually unknown until 1919, when he took the lead in thwarting the victorious Allies' plan to partition the Turkish core of the Ottoman Empire. He divided the Allies, defeated the last Sultan, and secured...
Paperback: 539 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.90 x 8.94 x 6.04
Publisher: Overlook Press; ; (November )
ISBN: 158567334X

The Baburnama : Memoirs of Babur, Prince and Emperor
by Jr. W.M. Thackston
Paperback from Modern Library

Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds
by Stephen Kinzer
Book Description: If Turkey lived up to its potential, it could rule the world - but will it? A passionate report from the front lines

For centuries few terrors were more vivid in the West than fear of "the Turk," and many people still think of Turkey as repressive, wild, and dangerous. Crescent and Star is Stephen Kinzer's compelling report on the truth about this nation of contradictions - poised between Europe and Asia, caught between the glories of its Ottoman past and its hopes for a democratic future, between the dominance of its army and the needs of its civilian citizens, between its secular expectations and its Muslim traditions.

Kinzer vividly describes Turkey's captivating delights as he smokes a water pipe, searches for the ruins of lost civilizations, watches a camel fight, and discovers its greatest poet. But he is also attuned to the political landscape, taking us from Istanbul's elegant cafes to wild mountain outposts on Turkey's eastern borders, while along the way he talks to dissidents and patriots, villagers and cabinet ministers. He reports on political trials and on his own arrest by Turkish soldiers when he was trying to uncover secrets about the army's campaigns against Kurdish guerillas. He explores the nation's hope to join the European Union, the human-rights abuses that have kept it out, and its difficult relations with Kurds, Armenians, and Greeks.

Will this vibrant country, he asks, succeed in becoming a great democratic state? He makes it clear why Turkey is poised to become "the most audacious nation of the twenty-first century."
Paperback from Farrar Straus & Giroux


The Emergence of Modern Turkey
The Emergence of Modern Turkey (Studies in Middle Eastern History)
by Bernard Lewis
Paperback from Oxford Press
Evliya Celebi in Bitlis: The Relevant Section of the Seyahatname (Evliya Celebis Book of Travels: Land and People of the Ottoman Empire in the seven
by R. Dankoff (Editor)
(Hardcover -- April 1990)
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The Fall of Constantinople 1453
by Steven Runciman
Paperback from Cambridge University Press

In Search of the Lost Mountains of Noah: The Discovery of the Real Mt. Ararat
by Robert Cornuke, David Halbrook

Istanbul: The Imperial City
by John Freely
Paperback from Penguin USA (Paper)

The Imperial Harem: Women and Sovereignty in the Ottoman Empire
by Leslie P. Peirce
Book Description: The unprecedented political power of the Ottoman imperial harem in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries is widely viewed as illegitimate and corrupting. This book examines the sources of royal women's power and assesses the reactions of contemporaries, which ranged from loyal devotion to armed opposition. By examining political action in the context of household networks, Leslie Peirce demonstrates that female power was a logical, indeed an intended, consequence of political structures. Royal women were custodians of sovereign power, training their sons in its use and exercising it directly as regents when necessary. Furthermore, they played central roles in the public culture of sovereignty--royal ceremonial, monumental building, and patronage of artistic production. The Imperial Harem argues that the exercise of political power was tied to definitions of sexuality. Within the dynasty, the hierarchy of female power, like the hierarchy of male power, reflected the broader society's control of the sexually active.

King Croesus' Gold: Excavations at Sardis and the History of Gold Refining
by Andrew Ramage
Book Description: The fabulous wealth of the Lydian Kingdom (in what is now western Turkey) was renowned throughout the classical world -- in fact, Lydia's kings created the world's first coinage. The Harvard-Cornell Sardis Expedition has unearthed a gold refinery from the time of King Croesus (the sixth-century B.C.) where impure gold from the Pactolus River was treated to produce pure gold and silver. Though the ancient treasure is now gone, this volume illuminates the industry and technology that produced the riches and offers the first authoritative survey of early gold refining and assaying techniques from around the world. The authors fully describe the excavation of the only known ancient refinery and the scientific study at the British Museum to reconstruct the refining process. The unique evidence from Sardis and accounts from historical sources shed light on ancient metallurgy.
Publisher: Harvard Univ Pr; (June 1, )

Lonely Planet Turkey (Turkey, 7th Ed)
by Tom Brosnahan, et al
Listed under Travel Turkey

Lords of the Horizons: A History of the Ottoman Empire
by Jason Goodwin
Jason Goodwin, a young English journalist, writes history as if it were today's breaking news, and with Lords of the Horizon, he delivers an anecdote-filled and breezy account of the long, troubled career of the Ottoman Empire. That empire endured for nearly 600 years and embraced not only a large territory--stretching, at one point, from the border of Iran to the gates of Vienna--but also hundreds of ethnic groups and three dozen nations. United under the banner of a tolerant form of Islam, the Ottoman Turks forged a culture that, Goodwin writes, "was such a prodigy of pep, such a miracle of human ingenuity, that contemporaries felt it was helped into being by powers not quite human--diabolical or divine, depending on their point of view." 

Drawing on memoirs by European visitors as well as standard histories of the era, Goodwin traces the Ottoman Empire from its origins in the 14th-century collapse of the Byzantine state to its centuries-long decline and final collapse at the end of World War I. Along the way, he writes of the Ottomans' addiction to wealth (and to hiding their gold in fabulous hoards), the pleasure they took in holding picnics in their lush cemeteries, and the prowess of their elite military both in battle and in organized crime. ("The janissaries were magnificent extortionists," Goodwin notes. "People paid them not to burn their homes and business, then they paid them to come and put the fires out.") Full of vivid detail, Goodwin's narrative makes for an enjoyable introduction to this historically influential, but little understood, culture. --Gregory McNamee
Paperback: 351 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.00 x 8.25 x 5.50
Publisher: Owl Books; ; (April )
ISBN: 0805063420

Mehmed the Conqueror and His Time
by Franz Babinger

A Nation of Empire: The Ottoman Legacy of Turkish Modernity
by Michael E. Meeker

Not Even My Name : From a Death March in Turkey to a New Home in America, a Young Girl's True Story of Genocide and Survival
by Thea Halo

Ottoman Centuries: The Rise and Fall of the Turkish Empire
Ottoman Centuries: The Rise and Fall of the Turkish Empire
by Lord Kinross
Paperback from William Morrow
The Ottoman Empire, 1700-1922
The Ottoman Empire, 1700-1922
by Donald Quataert, William Beik, T. C. W. Blanning
Paperback from Cambridge University Press
The Ottoman Steam Navy 1828-1923
by Bernd Langensiepen, et al

The Ottomans and the Balkans: A Discussion of Historiography (Ottoman Empire and Its Heritage, 25)
by Fikret Adanr (Editor), Suraiya Faroqhi (Editor)

A Peace to End All Peace
by David Fromkin

Topkapi Palace: An Illustrated Guide to Its Life and Personalities
by Godfrey Goodwin

Suleyman the Magnificent and the Ottoman Empire
by Miriam Greenblatt

Classical Anatolia: The Glory of Hellenism
by Harry Brewster
Hardcover: 224 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.00 x 10.00 x 7.82
Publisher: I B Tauris & Co Ltd; ;
ISBN: 1850437734

An Economic and Social History of the Ottoman Empire, 1300-1914 2 volume set
by Halil Inalcik (Author), et al
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Men of Modest Substance : House Owners and House Property in Seventeenth-Century Ankara and Kayseri (Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization)
by Suraiya Faroqhi (Author)
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Constantinople: City of the World's Desire, 1453-1924
by Philip Mansel
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Ancient Anatolia: Fifty Years' Work by the British Institute of Archaeology
by Roger Matthews
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The Emergence of Modern Turkey
by Bernard Lewis
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