Wendy M. K. Shaw

in Possessors and Possessed

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2003 | ISBN: 9780520233355
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928565 | DOI:

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This introductory chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about the history of museums in the late-nineteenth-century Ottoman Empire. This book considers how the idea of the museum metamorphosed when it was forced to contend with different sets of political and cultural imperatives that informed the choices of possession and the rigors of display. It provides a brief narration of Turkish history and describes the conditions of museums during the era of reforms. The chapter suggests that Ottoman museums avoided incorporating the full range of European museum collections so as to perform their actual function of political resistance to the tides of European imperialism.

Keywords: art museums; Ottoman empire; Turkish history; museum collections; political resistance; European imperialism

Chapter.  12113 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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