Ahmet A. Ersoy
Published March 18, 2016
Reference - 334 Pages
ISBN 9781472431394 - CAT# Y255179
Series: Studies in Art Historiography
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'Critical historiography at its best ... This refreshing account of the art, architecture and culture of Tanzimat takes issue with traditional frameworks of analysis and thrives on attention to nuance, contingency, ambivalence, syncretism and cultural reciprocity in explaining late Ottoman Empire’s engagement with Europe ... A timely contribution to Ottoman/Turkish studies as well as to broader theoretical debates on orientalism, historicism, revivalism, authenticity, cultural difference and identity formation in the modern world... Above all, a much-needed cosmopolitan perspective to counteract the nationist neo-orientalism of political Islam in Turkey today.'
-- Sibel Bozdogan, Harvard University, USA
'Ersoy proves himself to be a perceptive historian who recognizes both the aspirations and ingenuity of his actors and the tenuousness of their political, economic, and cultural position on the world stage. On the whole, I would recommend this book as an invaluable addition to the libraries of not just those interested in the history of the Late Ottoman Empire, but to anyone who seeks a thoughtful reading of the polyvalent, multi-local, and mutually transformative aspects of modernization processes.'
-- CAA Reviews