By Dana Sajdi
‘Ottoman Tulips, Ottoman espresso’ bargains a severe exploration of a number of definitive cultural phenomena of the Ottoman 18th century, together with the espresso condominium, print tradition, imperial structure, royal pageantry and gala's. Chapters discover formerly untouched matters akin to the altering varieties of imperial ritual in Ottoman public circumcision celebrations in addition to unravelling the historiography of the so-called ‘Tulip Period’. This has routinely been characterized by means of the development and eventual destruction of the famed palace of Saadabad and the apparently failed undertaking of the 1st Ottoman printing press. The e-book reassesses those disasters as reflective of the final ill-preparedness of the Ottoman public for enlightened reform.
Most importantly this e-book rejects the present view that the 18th century used to be in political and cultural decline, and argues in truth it used to be a interval of cultural dynamism and alter. 'Ottoman Tulips' breaks freed from the dual teleologies of Ottoman decline and Western-induced swap, reassessing the impression of Westernization and modernization within the 18th century and revealing comparisons and interactions among the Ottoman court docket and its Safavid counterpart.
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Ottoman Tulips, Ottoman Coffee: Leisure and Lifestyle in the Eighteenth Century by Dana Sajdi