From frontier principality to early modern empire

Limitations and capabilities of Ottoman governance 1

Authored by: Kaya ?ahin

The Routledge History of the Renaissance

Print publication date:  March  2017
Online publication date:  March  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138898851
eBook ISBN: 9781315226217
Adobe ISBN: 9781351849463

10.4324/9781315226217.ch20

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Abstract

During the Renaissance, and particularly in the cinquecento, the Ottoman Empire was universally seen as a powerful dynastic enterprise with seemingly limitless resources. Various observers and commentators, such as Niccolò Machiavelli (1469–1527), Francisco López de Gómara (ca. 1511–ca. 1566), Ogier Ghiselin de Busbecq (1522–92), several Venetian ambassadors in Istanbul, or the Safavid Shah Tahmasb (r. 1524–76), referred to the Ottoman ruler’s political and ideological power, the military might of the empire, and its efficient administration. 2 Ottoman sources of the period, historical works and diplomatic writings alike, similarly propagated the image of a victorious polity that was well managed by the ruler and his obedient servants. 3

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