Plague and empire in the early modern Mediterranean world : the Ottoman experience, 1347-1600 /

Varlik, Nükhet.

Plague and empire in the early modern Mediterranean world : the Ottoman experience, 1347-1600 / Nükhet Varlik, Rutgers Univeristy-Newark. - xviii, 336 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

Includes bibliographical references (pages 295-325) and index.

Part I. Plague : History and Historiography -- 1. A natural history of plague -- 2. Plague in Ottomanist and non-Ottomanist historiography -- 3. The Black Death and its aftermath (1347-1453) -- Part II. Plague of Empire -- 4. The first phase (1453-1517) : plague comes from the West -- 5. The second phase (1517-70) : multiple plague trajectories -- 6. The third phase (1570-1600) : Istanbul as plague hub -- Part III. Empire of Plague -- 7. Plague transformed : changing perceptions, knowledge, and attitudes -- 8. The state of the plague : politics of bodies in the making of the Ottoman state -- Epilogue.

"This is the first systematic scholarly study of the Ottoman experience of plague during the Black Death pandemic and the centuries that followed. Using a wealth of archival and narrative sources, including medical treatises, hagiographies, and travelers' accounts, as well as recent scientific research, Nükhet Varlik demonstrates how plague interacted with the environmental, social, and political structures of the Ottoman Empire from the late medieval through the early modern era. The book argues that the empire's growth transformed the epidemiological patterns of plague by bringing diverse ecological zones into interaction and by intensifying the mobilities of exchange among both human and non-human agents. Varlik maintains that persistent plagues elicited new forms of cultural imagination and expression, as well as a new body of knowledge about the disease. In turn, this new consciousness sharpened the Ottoman administrative response to the plague, while contributing to the makings of an early modern state"--

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Black Death--History.--Turkey
Plague--History.--Environmental aspects--Turkey
Plague--History.--Social aspects--Turkey
Plague--History.--Political aspects--Turkey
Imperialism--Social aspects--History.--Turkey
HISTORY / Middle East / General.

Turkey--History--Ottoman Empire, 1288-1918.
Turkey--Environmental conditions--History.

RC179.T9 / V37 2015