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Administration and Fortification in the Van Region under Ottoman Rule in the Sixteenth Century

TOM SINCLAIR

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/9780197264423.003.0010

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Administration and Fortification in the Van Region under Ottoman Rule in the Sixteenth Century

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This chapter compares the administration of the Lake Van region under the Ottomans and that of the same region in the late Middle Ages. This required a well-defined region whose boundaries would suggest a certain degree of internal coherence and a certain degree of isolation from surrounding regions; and mountain ridges seemed the best natural boundaries to take for this purpose. Defining such a region meant that one could analyse the manner in which successive overlords dealt with the same political entities on the ground, in this case the local Kurdish principalities. Given that the territory of the Safavid empire lay immediately adjacent to the east, this chapter examines the effect the position of the border exercises on the methods of control on the administration and the internal relationships in question.

Keywords: Kurdish principalities; Lake Van region; Safavid empire; Ottoman Empire; late Middle Ages

Chapter.  6779 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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