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By Suraiya Faroqhi

ISBN-10: 051100687X

ISBN-13: 9780511006876

ISBN-10: 0521661684

ISBN-13: 9780521661683

Излагая методы, пользуясь которыми, для интерпретации истории Османской империи можно использовать первичные и вторичные источники, автор обращается к студентам и исследователям в этой и смежной областях и дисциплинах, чтобы облегчить знакомство с такими документами. Рассматривая как архивные, так и нарративные источники, автор объясняет, как они подготавливались, чтобы убедить читателей применять критический подход к их данным, и не считать априори, что всё зарегистрированное в официальных документах является обязательно точным или даже истинным. В то время как книга, по существу, может использоваться в качестве руководство по сложной дисциплине для начинающих исследователей, опытные тюркологи могут найти в ней много новых и провокационных интерпретаций.Образцы сканов:

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But now that the study of fashion has revealed cultural changes by no means unworthy of serious study, this objection appears in a different perspective (Micklewright, 1990). Those historians who work in a more or less problem-oriented style, will build on the document-oriented studies already available. The scholar studying Ottoman commerce and urban life, introduced a few pages ago, will attempt to interpret the documents at his/her disposal in the light of broader visions, such as those introduced by Fernand Braudel with his 40 APP R OAC HI N G OTT OM AN H I S TORY studies on the Mediterranean and the history of merchant capitalism (Braudel, 1966, 1979).

These may be read with relative ease if the texts in question are books or treatises, as the characters used by the scribes who wrote down literary texts are often similar to those encountered in printed works. But if the editions in question happen to concern archival documents, palaeographical skills are necessary. Many archival scripts look (and are) intimidating – but people do learn to deal with them all the time. I N M E D I A S R E S: WH AT PRIM A RY S OUR C ES C AN TE LL U S Let us assume that we have located some primary sources relevant to the topic we wish to study; the tools suggested in the reading list will help us here.

This means that when we read secondary literature, we also have to look for conventions of style, which limit what can legitimately be said in a history text of a given period. When I started to read historical secondary literature as a teenager in the late 1950s and early 1960s, I used to think how strange it was that family relations, which in my own experience constituted the determining factor of life, were never treated in the history books I encountered. This was of course quite correct as an observation; the studies I had access to at the time did not allow for the treatment of the ‘private’ lives of ordinary people.

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