Justin McCarthy's introductory survey traces the whole history of the Ottoman Turks from their obscure beginnings in central Asia, through the establishment and rise of the Ottoman Empire to its collapse after World War One under the pressures of nationalism. Vividly illustrated with many maps, this introductory overview is designed for non-specialists but is written with great authority and with access to original sources. It fills an important gap for an authoritative but accessible account of the rise of one of the world's great civilizations.

chapter 1|32 pages

Prologue: Origins of the Turks, to 1281

chapter 2|32 pages

The First Ottomans, 1281-1446

chapter 3|36 pages

The Ottoman Classical Age, 1446-1566

chapter 4|44 pages

The Ottoman State

chapter 5|48 pages

Destabilization, 1566-1789

chapter 6|20 pages

Imperialism and Nationalism

chapter 7|46 pages

Environment and Life

chapter 8|24 pages

Turkish Society and Personal Life

chapter 9|44 pages

Reform, 1789-1912

chapter 10|20 pages

The Human Disaster

chapter 11|22 pages

The Great War, 1912-18

chapter 12|20 pages

Revival, 1918-23