Jun 28, 2013

The Crimean Khanate and the Ottoman World


hosted by Chris Gratien and Nir Shafir

Although it was not an Ottoman province, Crimea was politically, militarily, and economically critical to Ottoman power in Eastern Europe, and the suzerainty of the Giray dynasty that governed Crimea for over three centuries was ultimately what held off Russian expansion and made the Black Sea truly an "Ottoman lake." In this episode, Denise Klein discusses the role of the Crimean Khanate in the Ottoman world and gives us an overview of the history, society, and culture of this political space. Drawing on her own research, she also uses a comparison of Ottoman and Crimean historiography to examine how these vassals understood their place in the Ottoman equation and how writers on opposing sides of the Black Sea interpreted and represented events in different ways. 


Denise Klein is a doctoral candidate at the University of Konstanz, Germany focusing the history and historiography of Ottoman Crimea (see academia.edu)
Chris Gratien is a doctoral candidate at Georgetown University researching the social and environmental history of the Ottoman Empire and the modern Middle East. (see academia.edu)
Nir Shafir is a doctoral candidate at UCLA studying Ottoman intellectual history. (see academia.edu)

Episode No. 111
Release date: 28 June 2013

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Denise Klein, Koç University RCAC
Istanbul, June 2013
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Jun 8, 2013

Occupy Gezi: History, Politics, Practice



Taksim Barracks (as stadium) c1930s
For over a week now, Istanbul and increasingly city centers in many parts of Turkey have witnessed the rise of an unprecedented protest movement variously referred to as Occupy Gezi or Resistanbul. Western media has been quick to herald another Arab Spring-type revolutionary event in the Muslim world while the Turkish government and media have largely downplayed the significant of these events. In this podcast, we will try to take a closer look at the nature of these protests, which began as an occupation of a park slated for destruction and are now something much more, considering the historical and political contexts as well as providing a first-hand description of what protests both in and outside of Istanbul look like.