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From Byzantine Constantinople to Ottoman Konstantiniyye: Creation of a Cosmopolitan Capital and Visual Culture under Sultan Mehmed II

An article from Harvard University by Gulru Necipoglu Introduction: The conquest of Constantinople engendered Mehmed II’s lifelong ambition to revive the ruinous city’s ancient status as the prosperous capital of a world empire. This essay interprets the sultan’s negotiation of … Continue reading

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Rome: the decline and fall of the eastern empire

This is actually a pretty good potted history of the Byzantine Empire. First published in Forth Magazine Fri 11 Jun, 2010. By Chris Gray. ‘PEOPLE MAKE their own history, but they do not make it under circumstances chosen by themselves, … Continue reading

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“Better Turks than Latins!” – The Aftermath and the New City

So the end of the Roman Empire and of its Emperors had come at last. The Roman Empire of the East, which we now call Byzantium had lasted (if you start at the founding of Constantinople) for one thousand, one … Continue reading

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The Final Hours and Last Eucharist

A very busy time at work of late has mean that I have not been able to keep up with the blog as well as I would have liked. To cap it all I go away just as the siege … Continue reading

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The Siege: One of History’s Most Important Recruitment Decisions

The siege has been running in full force for over a week now. Ottoman troops began to take up their positions along the walls during the first week of April. The Sultan himself erected his tent north of the civil … Continue reading

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The Siege of Constantinople Has Begun!

I have decided to revise and update the series I wrote last year about the siege. It had some good feedback and I think that I can add something more this time around. In the years before 1453 the Turks had gradually … Continue reading

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The Greek-Macedonian dispute – time to return to the drawing board?

This is a long but interesting piece by Spyros A. Sofos, a Senior Research Fellow in International Politics at the Helen Bamber Centre for the Study of Rights, Conflict and Mass Violence of Kingston University, London. For those who have an … Continue reading

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Holy Warriors: A Modern History of the Crusades by Jonathan Phillips

It seems our fascination with the Crusades, and the temptation to draw parallels with current tensions between Christian and Muslim, and East and West, is as popular as ever with many new books on the subject. Of course we all … Continue reading

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Weather Eye: explaining bizarre events in the Byzantine Empire

The Byzantine Empire lasted for more than a thousand years, but in 1453 the capital, Constantinople, was under siege from the Ottoman Turks. The inhabitants believed that their city would fall only when the Moon gave a sign — and … Continue reading

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Why ‘Istanbul’?

Few cities in the world compare with İstanbul, so rich in culture and history. What other reason need one give for living here? “But is it safe?” friends at home occasionally ask. “And isn’t the real name Constantinople?” This question … Continue reading

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Whether you are a new vistor to my Blog, or a regular, you might wish to subscribe by clicking on the subscribe button (top right). If you subscribe you will receive an email alert whenever I make a new post on the … Continue reading

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Bettany Hughes Uncovers Istanbul

Thirty years after her first visit, the historian returns to find hidden treasures in the European Capital of Culture for 2010 Firecrackers and cars do not typically mix. But when one of Istanbul’s football teams wins, the traffic in the … Continue reading

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The Crusades: The War for the Holy Land by Thomas Asbridge and Holy Warriors: A Modern History of the Crusades by Jonathan Phillips

Malise Ruthven admires two books that ask how modern conflicts have come to be clothed in the language of medieval holy wars   The historian Marc Bloch, who died a martyr’s death when shot by the Nazis, observed that “once … Continue reading

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Istanbul: There are two sides to this city’s story

Istanbul will ring in the New Year as a European City of Culture. It’s a well-deserved honour, says Adrian Mourby, for they’re still digging up objects that could be the oldest signs of civilisation in the history of the continent. … Continue reading

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New Book: The Grand Strategy of the Byzantine Empire

By Edward Luttwak (Belknap/Harvard, 498 pages, $35) In A.D. 395, Roman Emperor Theodosius I split his realm between his two sons, giving the Western empire—with Rome at its heart—to Honorius, and the eastern half—Byzantium—to his brother, Arkadios. Honorius seemed to … Continue reading

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