Southeastern Europe under Ottoman Rule, 1354-1804 provides an over-all picture of the least studied and most obscured part of Balkan history, the Ottoman period. The book begins with the early history of the Ottomans and with their establishment in Europe, describing the basic Muslim and Turkish features of the Ottoman state. The author goes on in subsequent sections to show how these features influenced every aspect of life in the European lands administered directly by the Ottomans (the "core" provinces) and left a permanent mark on states that were vassals of or paid tribute to the empire.
Whether dealing with the "core" provinces of Rumelia or with the vassal and tribute-paying states (Moldavia, Wallachia, Transylvania, and Dubrovik), the author offers fresh insights and new interpretations, as well as a wealth of information on Balkan political, economic, and social history not available elsewhere. The appendixes include lists of dynasties and rulers with whom the Ottomans dealt, as well as data for the House of Osman and some of the grand viziers; a chronology of major military campaigns, peace treaties, and territory gained and lost by the Ottoman Empire in Europe from 1354 to 1804; and glossaries of geographical names and foreign terms.
Peter F. Sugar is professor emeritus of history at the University of Washington.
Part One, The Ottomans1) The Early History and Establishment of the Ottomans in Europe2) Ottoman Social and State StructurePart Two, Life in the European `core' provinces of the Ottoman Empire 1413-15743) The Final Establishment of Ottoman Rule 1451-15664) City Organization and Administration5) The CountrysidePart Three, The Vassal and Tribute-Paying States6) Moldavia and Wallachia7) Transylvania8) Dubrovnick (Ragusa)Part Four, Life in the European `core' provinces of the Ottoman Empire 1574-18049) The Change of Fortune10) The Changed World of European Turkey11) The Final Disintegration of Provincial Order in Ottoman S.E. EuropePart Five, General Considerations12) Cultural Life13) ConclusionsBibliographic EssayAppendix 1, The House of OsmanAppendix 2, Grand VezirsAppendix 3, Major Military Campaigns, Peace Treaties, Territorial Gains and Losses of the Ottoman Empire in Europe 134501804Appendix 4, Rulers with Whome the Ottomans Come into Contact either as Enemies or as Overlords 12 82-1804Appendix 5, Glossary of Geographical NamesAppendix 6, Glassary of Foreign Terms and ExpressionsIndex