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The Resource Under Osman's tree : the Ottoman Empire, Egypt, and environmental history, Alan Mikhail

Under Osman's tree : the Ottoman Empire, Egypt, and environmental history, Alan Mikhail

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Under Osman's tree : the Ottoman Empire, Egypt, and environmental history
Title
Under Osman's tree
Title remainder
the Ottoman Empire, Egypt, and environmental history
Statement of responsibility
Alan Mikhail
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Osman, the founder of the Ottoman Empire, had a dream in which a tree sprouted from his navel. As the tree grew, its shade covered the earth; as Osman's empire grew, it, too, covered the earth. This is the most widely accepted foundation myth of the longest-lasting empire in the history of Islam, and offers a telling clue to its unique legacy. Underlying every aspect of the Ottoman Empire's epic history - from its founding around 1300 to its end in the twentieth century - is its successful management of natural resources. Alan Mikhail analyzes this rich environmental history to understand the most remarkable qualities of the Ottoman Empire its longevity, politics, economy, and society. The early modern Middle East was the world's most crucial zone of connection and interaction. Accordingly, the Ottoman Empire's many varied environments affected and were affected by global trade, climate, and disease. From down in the mud of Egypt's canals to up in the treetops of Anatolia, Alan Mikhail tackles major aspects of the Middle East's environmental history: natural resource management, climate, human and animal labor, energy, water control, disease, and politics. He also points to some of the ways in which the region's dominant religious tradition, Islam, has understood and related to the natural world. Marrying environmental and Ottoman history, this is a bold new interpretation of the past five hundred years of Middle Eastern history
Cataloging source
ICU/DLC
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Under Osman's tree : the Ottoman Empire, Egypt, and environmental history, Alan Mikhail
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 209-325) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface : Osman's tree -- Introduction : The global environmental history of the Middle East -- Part one : Water -- Irrigation works - History from below - Silt and empire -- Part two : Work -- Rural muscle -- Expert measures -- Part three : Animal -- Animal capital -- Brute force -- Part four : Elemental -- Food and wood -- Plague ecologies -- Egypt, Iceland, SO2 -- Conclusion : Empire as ecosystem
Control code
|a956633756
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 336 pages
Isbn
9780226427171
Lccn
2016035740
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)956633756
  • (coutts)cts20425728
Label
Under Osman's tree : the Ottoman Empire, Egypt, and environmental history, Alan Mikhail
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 209-325) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface : Osman's tree -- Introduction : The global environmental history of the Middle East -- Part one : Water -- Irrigation works - History from below - Silt and empire -- Part two : Work -- Rural muscle -- Expert measures -- Part three : Animal -- Animal capital -- Brute force -- Part four : Elemental -- Food and wood -- Plague ecologies -- Egypt, Iceland, SO2 -- Conclusion : Empire as ecosystem
Control code
|a956633756
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 336 pages
Isbn
9780226427171
Lccn
2016035740
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)956633756
  • (coutts)cts20425728

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