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3 The Topographic Reconstruction of Ottoman Dimetoka: Issues of Periodization and Morphological Development

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This chapter argues how the first substantial urban conquest of the Ottomans in the Balkans complies with the normative paradigm. An elucidation of the factors which influenced the adaptation of such a morphological solution is also attempted. The chapter proposes the following periodization: the proto-Ottoman phase (reigns of Murad I to Mehmed I), the classical phase (reigns of Murad II to Bayezid II) and the consolidation phases (reigns of Selim I and Süleyman I). Major provinces began to acquire their chief architects during Sinan's time. These architects were appointed to the periphery in order to realise extensive repair works at the nodal fortifications. In 1991 Crane argued with regards to Bursa's urbanisation that: "the various structures that went to make it up were scattered over irregular terrain in an organic manner and that little attempt was made to impose a preconceived and arbitrary plan on the site".

Keywords: classical phase; consolidation phases; morphological development; periodization; proto-Ottoman phase; urbanisation



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