This first edition book is in very good condition. Its dust jacket has some wear to the edges, and a very small tear on the back, but is otherwise clean, bright, and intact. Internally, the pages are almost as new: clean, unmarked, and without foxing. This book includes six pages of black and white gloss photographs and images.
The Ottoman Chronicles recount that the first sultan, Osman, dreamt of the dynasty he would found - a tree, fully-formed, emerged from his navel, symbolising the vigour of his successors and the extent of their domains. This is the first book to bring the full story of the Ottoman dynasty - and its empire and peoples - to a broader readership. Osman's descendants combined the resourcefulness of their nomadic origins with the imperial world-view of conquered Byzantium. The result was a multi-ethnic state that for six centuries held sway over territories stretching - at their greatest - from Hungary to the Persian Gulf, and from North Africa to the Caucasus. The Ottoman path to modernity was every bit as complex as those of the Habsburgs or Romanovs. Understanding the realization of Osman's vision over the many centuries when the Ottoman Empire controlled the centre of the globe is essential for anyone who seeks to understand the modern world.