Mailbox Monday #13
The Ottomans: Khans, Caesars, and Caliphs by Marc David Baer (Perseus Books; 10/5/2021)
A major new history of the Ottoman dynasty, revealing a diverse empire that straddled East and West
The Ottoman Empire has long been depicted as the Islamic, Asian antithesis of the Christian, European West. But the reality was starkly different: the Ottomans’ multiethnic, multilingual, and multi-religious domain reached deep into Europe’s heart. Indeed, the Ottoman rulers saw themselves as the new Romans. Recounting the Ottomans’ remarkable rise from a frontier principality to a world empire, historian Marc David Baer traces their debts to their Turkish, Mongolian, Islamic, and Byzantine heritage. The Ottomans pioneered religious toleration even as they used religious conversion to integrate conquered peoples. But in the nineteenth century, they embraced exclusivity, leading to ethnic cleansing, genocide, and the empire’s demise after the First World War.
vividly reveals the dynasty’s full history and its enduring impact on Europe and the world.
Although I'm a Medievalist, a lot of my education has focused on Western Europe specifically, so the Ottomans are still a bit of a mystery to me. Can't wait to get educated this summer!
Las Biuty Queens: Stories by Iván Monalisa Ojeda (Astra House; 6/1/2021)
I really need to make an effort to further diversify my reading again! When I get busy I go back to the old familiar which means I miss out on exciting voices like Ojeda's. Can't wait for the stories in here!
The Cottage by Daniel Judson (Thomas & Mercer, 11/2/2021)
Of course I need a little bit of suspense as well! I love the slanted cover and hopefully, in the bright summer light, the idea of someone watching you won't be as scary!
Bibliophile: Diverse Spines by Jamise Harper, Jane Mount (Chronicle Books; 10/19/2021)
I love book stacks, I love book illustrations and I love Chronicle Books, so obviously Bibliophile would be a no-brainer! It will hopefully also help me in my mission to diversify and to discover bookstores to visit once I get to travel again!
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