What’s Up in Ottoman Studies?

Journal of the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association
Vol. 1, No. 1-2,

2014

Earlier this year, an email appeared in my inbox inquiring whether it was true that Turkey might have a legitimate claim to Crimea, annexed unilaterally, it will be remembered, by Russia in 1783. The query, by an editorial assistant at a publishing house, prompts two thoughts. Yes, the Ottoman Empire now has a real presence in the firmament of global history, if the query is an indication of that. Curiosity about the Ottomans is immense among students and scholars alike and has stimulated much specific and cross-imperial rethinking of the meaning and significance of the Ottoman presence in Eurasia and the Mediterranean. But the question also suggests that there is still work to do.

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