By Leslie P. Peirce

The extraordinary political strength of the Ottoman imperial harem within the 16th and 17th centuries is generally seen as illegitimate and corrupting. This publication examines the assets of royal women's energy and assesses the reactions of contemporaries, which ranged from dependable devotion to armed competition. through reading political motion within the context of family networks, Leslie Peirce demonstrates that girl energy used to be a logical, certainly an meant, outcome of political buildings. Royal ladies have been custodians of sovereign energy, education their sons in its use and workout it without delay as regents while priceless. additionally, they performed valuable roles within the public tradition of sovereignty--royal ceremonial, enormous development, and patronage of inventive construction. The Imperial Harem argues that the workout of political energy was once tied to definitions of sexuality. in the dynasty, the hierarchy of woman energy, just like the hierarchy of male energy, mirrored the wider society's keep an eye on for social regulate of the sexually active.

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42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. ’ Emphasis added. ), Çagdas Türk Diplomasisi: 200 Yillik Süreç (Contemporary Turkish Diplomacy: The Course of Two Hundred Years) (Ankara: TTK Basimevi, 1999), 4–5. For these alliances, see Kemal Beydilli, Osmanli-Prusya Ittifaki: Meydana GelisiTahlili-Tatbiki (Alliance between the Ottomans and Prussia: Its Development, Analysis and Implementation) (Istanbul: Günyay, 1984); and Büyük Frederik ve Osmanlilar: XVIII. Yüxyilda Osmanli–Prusya Münasebetleri (Frederick the Great and the Ottomans: Ottoman–Prussian Relations in the Eighteenth Century) (Istanbul: Istabul Üniversitesi Yayinlari, 1985).

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