The Ottoman Empire played an important role in the history of eighteenth century Europe: it joined political and diplomatic negotiations, contributed to new cultural influences, and was part of European economic networks. Focusing on cultural mediation and translation, the course will introduce students to the Ottoman world as a part of European eighteenth-century history. This period of mutual curiosity and exchange began in 1699 with the Treaty of Karlowitz and ended in 1808 with the assassination of Sultan Selim III, one of the initiators of Westernization and reform. In addition to providing students with the historical background, the syllabus will focus on cultural contacts in theater, music and literature as well as on financial, economic and linguistic networks, which connected Istanbul with various European capitals. The main goal of the course is to question the concepts of fundamental difference between the Ottoman and European worlds, and introduce the students to theoretical approaches and analytical tools for the study of transcultural histories.
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Faroqhi, Suraiya. The Ottoman Empire and the World around It. London; New York: I.B. Tauris, 2004.
Goffman, Daniel. The Ottoman Empire and Early Modern Europe. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002.
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