Military Collections in the Late Empire

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:
Military Collections in the Late Empire

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This chapter focuses on the history of the military collections of Ottoman museums. It suggests that despite the closure of the military collections at the Basilica of Hagia Irene under Sultan Abdülhamid II, the sovereign retained an interest in the promotion of Ottoman identity through a military museum. The chapter describes Abdülhamid's creation of a model museum on the grounds of the Yildiz Palace and explains that this model led to the formulation of an increasingly glorious military museum even as the empire faltered.

Keywords: military collections; Ottoman museums; Hagia Irene; Sultan Abdülhamid II; model museum

Chapter.  6925 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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