The Rise of the Imperial Museum

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:
The Rise of the Imperial Museum

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This chapter describes how archaeological antiquities came to the fore and how military antiquities received less attention in Ottoman museums during the late 1800s. It discusses the reasons why the Ottoman museum shifted its attention from a military to a Helleno-Byzantine heritage. The chapter explains that the new constitution enacted soon after Sultan Abdülhamid II acceded to the throne allowed for broader inclusion of cultures under the Ottoman umbrella and that the celebration of military history after the loss of the Russo-Turkish War in 1877 would have touched on the fresh wounds of incipient powerlessness.

Keywords: archaeological antiquities; military antiquities; Ottoman museums; Helleno-Byzantine heritage; military history; Russo-Turkish War; Sultan Abdülhamid II

Chapter.  9603 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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