Mustafa Soykut

Mustafa Soykut Images of the »Turk« in Italy

Images of the »Turk« in Italy

A History of the »Other« in Early Modern Europe: 1453-1683

Islamkundliche Untersuchungen Band 236

Klaus Schwarz Verlag
Language: English
2. unveränd. Edition ()
Paperback, 232 pages
ISBN 9783879972890

2nd unchanged edition in stock
From the fall of Constan­ti­nople in 1453, the Italians as well as the general Euro­pean public opinion iden­ti­fied the Turks as the anti-thesis of Europe and ever­y­t­hing Euro­pean civi­li­sa­tion repre­sented. Conse­qu­ently, the Otto­mans were not only threa­te­ning and thus dimi­nis­hing the Vene­tian commer­cial presence in Eastern Medi­ter­ra­nean, but were posing a growing threat to the Italian penin­sula itself in the 15th century by naval incur­sions and even mili­tary inter­ven­tions. The Italian sources noti­ce­ably reflect the worries and fears caused by this new alien presence in Europe. Cons­i­de­ring the lack of a compre­hen­sive work on the Turkish image in Italy, the present work fills the gap, in the absence of much scho­larly works on the deve­lop­ment, descrip­tion, as well as political and cultural func­tions of the Turkish image created in Italy between 1453 and 1683. This period coin­cides with the apex of power of the Ottoman Empire and its inter­ac­tion with Europe in general and with Italy in parti­cular, on the political, mili­tary and cultural plains.