By Ariel Salzmann
This quantity explores the transition from the previous regime to fashionable sorts of sovereignty within the center East. by way of rereading Tocqueville's vintage, "The outdated Regime and the French Revolution," via an Ottoman prism this examine probes the unresolved paradoxes in his research of institutional swap whereas documenting an previous regime that has remained within the shadows of contemporary historical past. each one part of the booklet explores a selected size of Ottoman sovereignty area, hierarchy, and vernacular governance via an in depth exam of a selected 18th century record. An Ottoman point of view at the eighteenth century not just furnishes severe items of the old-regime puzzle. It additionally illustrates how an uncritical reception of Tocqueville's version of modernization has obscured the continuing interplay among the Eurasian and Westphalian kingdom structures and parallel techniques of sociopolitical change."