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The Frontiers of the Ottoman World$
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A.C.S. Peacock

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264423

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264423.001.0001

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Administration and Fortification in the Van Region under Ottoman Rule in the Sixteenth Century

Administration and Fortification in the Van Region under Ottoman Rule in the Sixteenth Century

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(p.210) (p.211) 10 Administration and Fortification in the Van Region under Ottoman Rule in the Sixteenth Century
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The Frontiers of the Ottoman World
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TOM SINCLAIR

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264423.003.0010

This chapter compares the administration of the Lake Van region under the Ottomans and that of the same region in the late Middle Ages. This required a well-defined region whose boundaries would suggest a certain degree of internal coherence and a certain degree of isolation from surrounding regions; and mountain ridges seemed the best natural boundaries to take for this purpose. Defining such a region meant that one could analyse the manner in which successive overlords dealt with the same political entities on the ground, in this case the local Kurdish principalities. Given that the territory of the Safavid empire lay immediately adjacent to the east, this chapter examines the effect the position of the border exercises on the methods of control on the administration and the internal relationships in question.

Keywords:   Kurdish principalities, Lake Van region, Safavid empire, Ottoman Empire, late Middle Ages

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