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Prince of Essling25 Aug 2022 3:43 a.m. PST

Helion have released above book today.
Author : Bruno Mugnai
The Ottoman Army of the Napoleonic Wars, 1784-1815 : A struggle for survival from Egypt to the Balkans
with £5.00 GBP discount at the moment so currently £30.00 GBP Including FREE UK delivery

Pages : 406 | Images : 16 pages colour plates, 176 b/w illustrations, diagrams & maps

Paperback – Date of Publication : 25th August 2022 |
Size : 248mm x 170mm | ISBN : 9781915070487 | Helion Book Code : HEL1431

The Ottoman Empire was only marginally affected by the conflicts of the Napoleonic era; however, the period between the 1780s and 1820s was very important for the history and institutions of the multicultural state. Scholars working on the Ottomans in the Balkans, Anatolia, Egypt, and Syria have reached something of a consensus about these years as a watershed for the Ottomans. It was a moment when reform became necessary not just as a palace experiment, but as a matter of life and death for the dynasty and empire alike. Survival in the Ottoman dynastic context meant engaging in a series of multilateral negotiations, not only with foreign powers, but also with a host of new military, intellectual, and religious elite groups. These emerged precisely because of shrinking borders, mobile military forces, and refugee populations. The struggle for survival was central to the changing dynamics of Ottoman society, especially in a period when war was generally proving too costly in human and economic terms. The toll on local society was large, and also involved the territories of the empire which were not directly within the war zones.

This book examines the changes and development of the Ottoman army from its campaigns against the Bedouin in Iraq in the 1780s until the Serbian uprisings in 1804-13 and 1815. It also includes a detailed description of the dress and equipment of the Ottoman soldiers of this period.

johannes5525 Aug 2022 4:45 a.m. PST

Sounds nice but no free delivery to the Netherlands plus 9% import duty plus handling costs.

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP25 Aug 2022 6:53 a.m. PST


Stoppage25 Aug 2022 10:38 a.m. PST

Interestingly there are cover illustrations showing:

- The Ottoman Army of the Napoleonic Wars, 1784-1815: A struggle for survival from Egypt to the Balkans

and also:

- The Ottoman Army of the Napoleonic Wars, 1798-1815: A struggle for survival from Egypt to the Balkans

(1798 vs 1784)

jammy four Sponsoring Member of TMP25 Aug 2022 3:54 p.m. PST

and in hardback………….got my name on it if so!

evilgong25 Aug 2022 5:11 p.m. PST

No sample pages or table of contents.

They are asking us to judge it by its cover. Why?

(I'll probably get it for Xmas anyway…)

Lilian26 Aug 2022 2:37 p.m. PST

very expected book

the difference is between the initial «1798» and the definitive «1784»
initially it was even a planned title only on the Egyptian Campaign before Bruno Mugnai replaced the first candidate to write it, he enlarged it to the Napoleonic Wars and even more in his definitive version

marmont1814 Sponsoring Member of TMP27 Aug 2022 2:44 a.m. PST

dave Jackson – Brexit lol, its life and import works around the world to usa and Australia and to us, just the EU needs to accept this.

marmont1814 Sponsoring Member of TMP27 Aug 2022 2:45 a.m. PST

Nice book I will be wanting a copy next year

DinOfBattle227 Aug 2022 4:27 a.m. PST

Could we get a table of contents? I'm assuming it covers the Ottoman war with Russia 1788-1792? The cover dates suggest that.

Oh, there is NO WAY I'm painting any figures to match that guy above, top left. that is worse than highlanders!!!

Lilian28 Aug 2022 6:46 a.m. PST

not yet the table of contents but the presentation also gives the reply

Although already deemed by many to be an empire in decline, and with its borders and possessions attacked or invaded by many of the major players in Revolutionary and Napoleonic Europe, the Ottoman Porte was still a military force to be reckoned with. In this profusely illustrated study, packed full of period images and the author's own detailed colour plates, Bruno Mugnai takes the reader through the politics of the sultanate, the structure, dress, and equipment of the Ottoman armies, and the course of their campaigns. As well as internal peacekeeping operations against rebellious subjects from Bedouin and Mamelukes to Serbs and Albanians, coverage is also given of wars against Austria and Russia, 1787–1792, the Saudis 1794-1800 and 1802-1807, France 1798-1802, and Britain and Russia 1806-1812. Against such a background of constant struggle, it is perhaps less surprising that the Ottoman Empire ultimately became the ‘Sick Man of Europe' than that it remained healthy for so long.

Lilian03 Oct 2022 8:52 a.m. PST

an other Bruno Mugnai's plate

Gazzola23 Oct 2022 9:38 a.m. PST

Drat! Another one to add to my yet-to-read titles! LOL

evilgong28 Nov 2022 3:18 p.m. PST

This is a very good book. Presents information and sources I've not seen elsewhere.

The only criticism I'll make is its limiting the colour pics to plates in the center of the book and the historical illustrations throughout are in B/W.

This comes across as outdated, full colour printing is not that much more costly and I'd happily pay a bit extra for it

Lilian29 Nov 2022 4:57 p.m. PST

really a must-have covering a gap
add to that the author Bruno is both a connoisseur of the Ottoman topics and also a talented and recognized artist


1.'The Sick Man of Europe'
-The Ottoman Empire at the Turn of the Century
-The Empire: Centre and Periphery
-The Sultanate
-Ottoman Geostategy
-Between Chaos and Transformation
-The Sultan's Household

2. The Armies of the Sultan
-The Sources for the Ottoman Military in the Age of Transformation
-Financing the Army
-The Standing Army and the Officer Corps
-Cebeci Armourers
-Topēu Artillery
-Sipahi and Ēavuş Cavalry
-Provincial Troops and Private Contingents
-The Egyptian Ocaks
-The Ottoman 'New Model Army'
-Supply and Logistics
-Auxiliary Troops

3. Ottoman Warfare: A Struggle for Survival
-Campaigns Against the Bedouins in Iraq 1784-1791
-Expeditions to Egypt and Factional Struggles in Syria 1786-1790
-War Against Austria and Russia 1797-1792
-Kara Mahmud's Rebellion in Albania 1792-1796
-Campaigns Against Pazvantoğlu Osman 1792-1798
-The First Ottoman-Saudi War 1794-1800
-The War Against France of 1798-1802
-Rebellions in Syria 1802-1808
-Civil War in Egypt 1803-1804
-The Second Ottoman-Saudi War 1802-1807
-Rebellion in Eastern Anatolia 1804-1805
-War Against Russia and Britain 1806-1812
-The First Serbian Uprising 1804-1813
-The Ottoman-Egyptian-Saudi War 1811-1818
-The Second Serbian Uprising 1815

4. Dress Equipments and Ensigns
-The Sources for Ottoman Military Clothing
-The Kapıkulu Dress Code
-Campaign Dress
-The Uniformes of the Nizām-ı Cedīd

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