By Jørgen S. Nielsen (ed.)

Participants: Samin Akgönül, Ahmet Alibai, Hugh Goddard, Brigitte Maréchal

There has been a turning out to be curiosity lately in reviewing the ongoing effect of the Ottoman empire even lengthy after its loss of life on the finish of the 1st global struggle. The wars in former Yugoslavia, following scorching at the civil battle in Lebanon, have been reminders that the settlements of 1918-22 weren't ultimate. whereas the various successor states to the Ottoman empire, in east and west, have been equipped on varieties of nationalist ideology and rhetoric against the empire, a more recent pattern between historians has been to examine those histories as Ottoman provincial historical past. the current quantity is an try and carry a few of these histories from around the former Ottoman area jointly. They conceal from elements of former Yugoslavia, Bulgaria and Greece to Lebanon, together with Turkey itself, supplying wealthy fabric for evaluating areas which quite often will not be in comparison.

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This often meant returning to (or remaining in) one’s provincial origins, re-Romanianizing or re-Slavicizing one’s name, marrying back into a non-Greek-identified family, or generally laying low in the provinces. Muslims came to replace Greekidentified Phanariots in the Translation Office, which itself became a nucleus for new generations of reformers and Young Ottomans in the 1860s. Self-proclaimed ‘indigenous’ Wallachians and Moldavians came to replace Greek-identified Phanariots in the offices of Voyvoda/ Hospodar of those Danubian Principalities, as new constellations of power involving Russia and ultimately French influence in the Romanian lands were established.

There is good reason that this has become the popular conception of the transition from Ottoman to post-Ottoman space, or, less politely, of the final disintegration of the Ottoman Empire, and we continue to see the legacies of this period, not simply in the ethnic violence that has gone on there recently but in the incidence of foreign intervention and occupation that continues there. On another level, in scholarship on the formation of the Balkans and the Middle East the two are analysed as constructs formed in the European imagination out of this transition from Ottoman to postOttoman space.

395–407. 32 Lewis 2002, pp. 213, 220. 33 Ahmad 1993, p. 31. the young turks in power25 the Empire. Political life was militarised and brutalised. The scholarly literature convincingly demonstrates that Young Turk rule turned repressive and centralist. Turkish nationalist ideas became a political weapon used more frequently in an official endeavour to assimilate some and dissimilate others. Obviously, from the perspective of the Young Turks, internal unity could also be and was in fact by some members strengthened by adhering to traditional ideas such as Ottomanism and Islamism that emphasised the individual’s basic affiliation to a supranational imperial or religious community and primary loyalty to the Sultan, but “Turkishness” seems to have gained ground as a primary ideological instrument for unity and stability.

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