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The Edinburgh History of the Greeks, 1453 to 1768

The Ottoman Empire

Molly Greene

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An examination of the history of the Greeks in the Ottoman Empire

Shortlisted for the 2015 London Hellenic Prize

The period of Ottoman rule in Greek history has undergone a dramatic reassessment in recent years. Long reviled as four hundred years of unrelieved slavery and barbarity ('the Turkish yoke'), a new generation of scholars, based mainly but not exclusively in Greece, is rejecting this view in favour of a more nuanced picture of the Greek experience in the Ottoman Empire.

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About the Author

Molly Greene is Professor of History and Hellenic Studies at Princeton University.


The Edinburgh History of the Greeks, 1453 to 1768 comprehensively covers the cultural, economic and political development of the Greeks under Ottoman rule. It fills a crucial vacuum in the field and performs a much needed role as a basic text on the history of an important community of the Balkans and Anatolia over the full span of its half millennium experience of Ottoman rule.

- Dr Rhoads Murphy, Reader in Ottoman Studies, University of Birmingham

An original, subtle account of the social, cultural life of the Greeks within the Ottoman empire.
shortlisted for the 2015 London Hellenic Prize

- London Hellenic Prize Committee

Invaluable for scholars of the Mediterranean world, the Ottoman Empire and the Greeks alike, Molly Greene’s lucid and synthetic work presents an analysis of the current state of scholarship and analysis of three often-conflated topics in the Ottoman Empire: the Greeks; the Orthodox Christians; and the Greek Orthodox Church… The book is a valuable introductory text for undergraduate students as well as those in graduate programmes who want to understand where the controversies and lacunae persist.

- Amy Singer, Tel Aviv University, Mediterranean Historical Review

Drawing upon a deep well of her own research and scholarship on the eastern Mediterranean and the Ottoman Empire, and incorporating, diplomatically and synthetically, a new wave of post-nationalist Greek scholarship on the Ottoman Empire, Greene has crafted here a balanced, expertly pitched, and foundational analysis of Hellenism in the early-modern period.

- Andrew Robarts, Rhode Island School of Design, Journal of World History

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