A Historical Archaeology of the Ottoman Empire: Breaking New by Uzi Baram, Lynda Carroll

By Uzi Baram, Lynda Carroll

Archaeology within the center East and the Balkans infrequently focuses at the fresh previous; consequently, archaeologists have mostly neglected the fabric continues to be of the Ottoman Empire. Drawing on a large choice of case stories and essays, this quantity records the rising box of Ottoman archaeology and the connection of this new box to anthropological, classical, and ancient archaeology in addition to Ottoman stories.

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In addition, Ottoman archaeology could bring to light the people excluded from or invisible to traditional historiographies in this region (Carroll, this volume). Braudel called the Ottoman Empire ‘a major historiographical problem, a zone of formidable uncertainty’ (1972: 13) Part of that uncertainty comes from being in a Mediterranean which speaks with many voices. In the present century, many of those voices have competed to construct histories to either claim a singular heritage for their ancestral land, or record the lives of only some groups of people.

While the focus on Western European influence on the Ottoman Empire has potential for understanding modernization and Westernization in the region, there is once again a clear bias to this approach. Historical archaeology, for the most part, examines the intersection of Western Europeans and non-western and native peoples. More importantly, it examines the development of European colonies, the dominance of Western Europe over native peoples, and the development of western European capitalism. A historical archaeology of the Ottoman Empire however, does not necessarily have to place the Ottoman Empire—rulers and subjects alike—into passive positions in the face of Western European propelled transformations.

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