Book Review of The Ottoman Crimean War (1853-1856)
Posted by William Young on December 12, 2012
Candan Badem. The Ottoman Crimean War (1853-1856). The Ottoman Empire and Its Heritage series. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill, 2010. ISBN 978-90-04-18205-9. Illustrations. Maps. Notes. Bibliography. Index. Pp. xvi, 436. $229.00 (hardcover).
We tend to forget that the so-called Crimean War was fought on seven fronts, including the Lower Danube, Caucasus, and Crimean Peninsula, along with the Black, Baltic, White, and Pacific seas. There are numerous studies about the Crimean War (1853-1856). However, this conflict which involved the Ottoman Empire, Russia, Britain, France, Austria, Piedmont-Sardinia, and other states is usually presented from the European point of view. Dr Candan Badem, Assistant Professor in History at Tunceli University in Turkey, presents a study that investigates the role of the Ottoman Empire in the conflict and the Crimean War’s impact on the Ottoman state and society.
In this work, Badem depicts the political, military, social, and economic situation in the Ottoman Empire under Sultan Abdülmecid (ruled 1839-1861)…
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