The Ottoman Army of the Napoleonic Wars, 1798-1815

The Ottoman Army of the Napoleonic Wars, 1798-1815

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The Ottoman Army of the Napoleonic Wars, 1798-1815

A struggle for survival from Egypt to the Balkans




Language:English
Format:Paperback
Dimensions:7" x 9.75"
Pages:320
Photos:16 color plates, 100 b/w images, pictures, diagrams & maps
Publisher:Helion and Company
ISBN:9781915070487
Item No. 9781915070487



The Ottoman Empire was only marginally affected by the conflicts of the Napoleonic era; however, the period between the 1790s and 1820s was very important for the history and institutions of the multicultural state. Scholars working on the Ottomans in the Balkans, Anatolia, Egypt, and Syria have reached something of a consensus about these years as a watershed for the Ottomans. It was a moment when reform became necessary not just as a palace experiment, but as a matter of life and death for the dynasty and empire alike. Survival in the Ottoman dynastic context meant engaging in a series of multilateral negotiations, not only with foreign powers, but also with a host of new military, intellectual, and religious elite groups. These emerged precisely because of shrinking borders, mobile military forces, and refugee populations. The struggle for survival was central to the changing dynamics of Ottoman society, especially in a period when war was generally proving too costly in human and economic terms. The toll on local society was large, and also interested the territories of the empire which were not directly within the war zones.The book examines changes and development of the Ottoman army from the Napoleonic Campaign in Egypt until the Serbian uprisings in 1804-13 and 1815, also including a detailed description of dress and equipment of the Ottoman soldiers of this period.