Imperial Geographies in Byzantine and Ottoman Space opens new and insightful vistas on the nexus between empire and geography. The volume redirects attention from the Atlantic to the space of the eastern Mediterranean shaped by two empires of remarkable duration and territorial extent, the Byzantine and the Ottoman. The essays offer a diachronic and comparative account that spans the medieval and early modern periods and reaches into the nineteenth century. Methodologically rich, the essays combine historical, literary, and theoretical perspectives. Through texts as diverse as court records and chancery manuals, imperial treatises and fictional works, travel literature and theatrical adaptations, the essays explore ways in which the production of geographical knowledge supported imperial authority or revealed its precarious mastery of geography.
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Sahar Bazzaz is Associate Professor of History at the College of the Holy Cross.
Yota Batsaki is Executive Director, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection.
Dimiter Angelov is Professor of Byzantine History at the University of Birmingham.
Antonis Anastasopoulos is Assistant Professor of Ottoman History at the Department of History and Archaeology at the University of Crete, and a research associate of the Institute for Mediterranean Studies of the Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (IMS/FORTH).
Mevhibe Pinar Emiralioglu is Assistant Professor of History at the Department of History at the University of Pittsburgh.
Constanze Gütenke is Associate Professor of Classics and Hellenic Studies at Princeton University.
Dimitris Kastritsis is Lecturer in History at the University of St. Andrews.
Ilham Khuri-Makdisi is Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern History at Northeastern University.
Paul Magdalino is Professor of Byzantine History at Koç University and Fellow of the British Academy.
Anna Stavarakopoulou is Assistant Professor of Theater Studies at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
Sibel Zandi-Sayek is Associate Professor of Art History at the College of William and Mary.
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