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Ottoman Odyssey : Travels Through a Lost Empire - Alev Scott

Ottoman Odyssey

Travels Through a Lost Empire

Paperback Published: 9th October 2018
ISBN: 9781784293697
Number Of Pages: 336

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A journey across the former Ottoman Empire reveals the legacy of its influence on people from the Balkans to the Levant, and the integral diversity threatened amid rising nationalism.

Alev Scott's odyssey began when she looked beyond Turkey's borders for contemporary traces of the Ottoman Empire. Their 800-year rule ended a century ago - and yet, travelling through twelve countries from Kosovo to Greece to Palestine, she uncovers a legacy that's vital and relevant; where medieval ethnic diversity meets 21st century nationalism, and displaced people seek new identities.

It's a story of surprises. An acolyte of Erdogan in Christian-majority Serbia confirms the wide-reaching appeal of his authoritarian leadership. A Druze warlord explains the secretive religious faction in the heart of the Middle East. The palimpsest-like streets of Jerusalem's Old Town hint at the Ottoman co-existence of Muslims and Jews. And in Turkish Cyprus Alev Scott rediscovers a childhood home. In every community, history is present as a dynamic force.

Faced by questions of exile, diaspora and collective memory, Alev Scott searches for answers from the cafes of Beirut to the refugee camps of Lesbos. She uncovers in Erdogan's nouveau-Ottoman Turkey a version of the nostalgic utopias sold to disillusioned voters in Europe and the U.S. And yet - as she relates with compassion, insight and humour - diversity is the enduring, endangered heart of this fascinating region.

Industry Reviews

A lovely, lyrical and always insightful account that is as much about the present as the past. A joy from start to finish - Peter Frankopan, author of The Silk Roads

Beautifully written with clear-eyed judgements and a sharp ear for fascinating anecdote and memorable characters. Exhilarating and often eye-opening, it shows this crucial region of the world from a new perspective. Essential reading for anyone interested in Turkey and its history - Michael Wood

Alev Scott approaches the crisis in the Eastern Mediterranean by side roads and unfrequented channels. Her book is clear, bright, humane and never disheartened. - James Buchan

Brilliantly written with a real feel for character, the book is a pleasure to read and an erudite lesson in a fascinating chapter of Modern History. An indispensable addition to our understanding of the Middle East today. - Roger Scruton

Alev Scott presents us with a sincere and straightforward analysis of a country that continues to bewilder many, East and West - Elif Shafak, on Turkish Awakening

ISBN: 9781784293697
ISBN-10: 1784293695
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 9th October 2018
Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.6  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1

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