Welcome to the first episode of ‘Security History Network: The Podcast’, a series of podcast episodes produced by the Security History Network in collaboration with Utrecht University. The series exists of conversations between experts in the field of Security History from the nineteenth century and beyond. Security analysts, historians and social scientists from around the world are interviewed by the core members of the network with the aim of exploring connections across disciplines from area studies to social psychology, and from medicine to digital humanities. More episodes can be found on https://securityhistorynetwork.com/podcasts/.

With special thanks to Virginia H. Aksan for being our first guest and to Annegreet Silvius for the creation of the jingle.

“My advice to the young about military history is you should join with the older generation to find a new way to talk about this!”

Virginia H. Aksan on military history

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Dr. Ozan Ozavci is Assistant Professor of Transimperial History at Utrecht University and a core team member of the Security History Network. His research focuses on Euro-Middle Eastern/North African relations from the late eighteenth century until the 1950s.

Virginia H. Aksan is a Canadian historian. She is an honorary member of the Turkish Historical Society who research interest Ottoman Empire.

The Ottomans 1700-1923
An Empire Besieged

Published September 28, 2021 by Routledge

Originally conceived as a military history, this second edition completes the story of the Middle Eastern populations that underwent significant transformation in the nineteenth century, finally imploding in communal violence, paramilitary activity, and genocide after the Berlin Treaty of 1878.

Now called The Ottomans 1700-1923: An Empire Besieged, the book charts the evolution of a military system in the era of shrinking borders, global consciousness, financial collapse, and revolutionary fervour. The focus of the text is on those who fought, defended, and finally challenged the sultan and the system, leaving long-lasting legacies in the contemporary Middle East. Richly illustrated, the text is accompanied by brief portraits of the friends and foes of the Ottoman house.

Written by a foremost scholar of the Ottoman Empire and featuring illustrations that have not been seen in print before, this second edition is essential reading for both students and scholars of the Ottoman Empire, Ottoman society, military and political history, and Ottoman-European relations.

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