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 chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the history of museums in the late-nineteenth-century Ottoman Empire. It suggests that the history constructed by Ottoman museums at the end of the empire reveals the processes through which modern Turkey came to possess its heritage, and that the museums showed how the many pieces of that heritage may fit together neither as signs of backwardness nor as teleological strands of official historical narratives. The chapter also discusses the relevance of the study of Ottoman museums for the twenty-first century.

Keywords: art museums; Ottoman Empire; Turkey; heritage; historical narratives

Chapter.  3639 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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