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Open Access Devolution from the Centre to the Periphery: An Overview of Ottoman Provincial Administration

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Devolution from the Centre to the Periphery: An Overview of Ottoman Provincial Administration

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Wars change societies; long wars change them even more profoundly. During the long career of the dynastic empire Ottoman provincial administration was transformed in significant ways more than once. The significant changes occurred at the turn of the seventeenth century, after a period of about thirty years of warfare and internal ferment. Successfully concluding the conquest of Azerbaijan from the Safavis torn by throne struggles, the Ottoman government turned its military might against the Habsburgs in central Europe in 1591, perhaps in accordance with the political wisdom of the age that 'soldiers should be on campaign'. Victory in the East whetted the Ottoman appetite for conquest in the northwest, but the traditional Ottoman military organisation was found wanting against Austrian armies. A stand-still peace was signed with Austria in 1606, and rebels in Anatolia and Syria were brought to heel in 1608, though the eastern front remained active until 1639.

Keywords: Austria; Azerbaijan; Europe; Ottoman military organisation; Ottoman provincial administration; Syria

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