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The Ottoman Northern Black Sea Frontier at Akkerman Fortress: The View from a Historical and Archaeological Project

VICTOR OSTAPCHUK and SVITLANA BILYAYEVA

in The Frontiers of the Ottoman World

Published by British Academy

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780197264423
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734793 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197264423.003.0007

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

The Ottoman Northern Black Sea Frontier at Akkerman Fortress: The View from a Historical and Archaeological Project

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The northern frontiers of the Ottoman Empire lay across a swathe of lands between Hungary and Iran, arcing through the principalities of Wallachia and Moldavia, then north of the Black Sea through the steppes of southern Ukraine, and finally proceeding further east along the Caucasus Mountains as far as the Caspian Sea. In a frontier region such as the one on the northern Black Sea, where environment, human geography and historical traditions made the steppe an alien place that did not readily yield to control and assimilation, the fortress was indispensable for maintaining the centre's presence. As imperial presence in such an area was anchored at and emanated from the fortress, the fortress can be seen as a prime target of a strategy aimed at learning about this frontier of the Ottoman world.

Keywords: Black Sea; Akkerman; archaeology; Ottoman Empire; imperial fortress

Chapter.  14086 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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