Monday, December 24, 2018

"Ruler Visibility and Popular Belonging in the Ottoman Empire, 1808-1908"

New from Edinburgh University Press: Ruler Visibility and Popular Belonging in the Ottoman Empire, 1808-1908 by Darin Stephanov.

About the book, from the publisher:
This book argues that the periodic ceremonial intrusion into the everyday lives of people across the Ottoman Empire, which the annual royal birthday and accession-day celebrations constituted, had multiple, far-reaching and largely unexplored consequences. On the one hand, it brought ordinary subjects into symbolic contact with the monarch and forged lasting vertical ties of loyalty to him, irrespective of language, location, creed or class. On the other hand, the rounds of royal celebration played a key role in the creation of new types of horizontal ties and ethnic group consciousness that crystallized into national movements and, after the empire's demise, national monarchies.
Darin Stephanov is a Postdoctoral Researcher and Marie Curie COFUND Fellow at the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies in Denmark. He has published articles in the Journal of Ottoman Studies and the Journal of Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association and has contributed several chapters to edited collections.

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