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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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Continuities in Ottoman Centre–Periphery Relations, 1787–1915

Continuities in Ottoman Centre–Periphery Relations, 1787–1915

(p.235) 12 Continuities in Ottoman Centre–Periphery Relations, 1787–1915
The Frontiers of the Ottoman World


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In the political history of the Ottoman Empire, the long nineteenth century (1789–1915) stands out as a period of far-reaching, rapid change in the nature of the state. While the persistence of old practices should not be assumed along all frontiers of the empire, where it was applied the mutual support arrangement worked reasonably well at both ends of the nineteenth century. The two cases examined in this chapter illustrate this in a surprising fashion. The parallels are unexpected because among the notables involved, Tepedelenli Ali Pasha (1787–1820) in Epirus (Greece and Albania) and the Al Sabah and Al Thani shaykhs (1870–1915) in eastern Arabia carry reputations as unwilling subjects who rebelled against the sultan. It was largely due to the centre's failure to continue to uphold its part of the mutual support arrangement.

Keywords:   Albania, Greece, Arabia, Tepedelenli Ali Pasha, Al Thani shaykhs, Ottoman Empire, long nineteenth century

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