A History of Coffeehouses in the Turkish Ottoman Empire since the 16th Century

The tradition of the Ottoman coffeehouses was exported to the other European empires where coffee became a staple. Curated/Reviewed by Matthew A. McIntoshPublic HistorianBrewminate Introduction The Ottoman coffeehouse, or Ottoman Café was a distinctive part of the culture of the Ottoman Empire. These coffeehouses, started in the mid-sixteenth century, brought together citizens across society for educational, social, and political activity[…]

Thessaloniki, Greece: Shedding an Ottoman Presence to Recall a More Distant Past

White Tower in Thessaloniki, Greece The Ottoman Empire captured Thessaloniki in 1430 and ruled it until 1912.  The port became one of the Ottoman Empire’s principal trading centers. By Dr. Stacy E. Holden / 01.22.2018 Associate Professor of History Purdue University The people of Thessaloniki, Greece embrace the enigmatic White Tower as their city’s landmark. Seventy-five[…]

Unfolding Narratives in the Pierre de Gigord Collection

Three Girls, 1890, photographer unknown. Albumen print. Pierre de Gigord Collection of Photographs of the Ottoman Empire and the Republic of Turkey. The Getty Research Institute, 96.R.14 A collection of photographs from Ottoman Turkey offers a complex encounter with collective memory. By Hande Sever / 06.25.2018 Art Historian Before coming across the Pierre de Gigord Collection, I[…]

The Ottoman History of South-East Europe

Armenians marched by Ottoman soldiers / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Markus Koller / 01.10.2012 Professor of History Ruhr-Universität Bochum Introduction The era of Ottoman Rule, which began in the fourteenth century, is among the most controversial chapters of South-East European history. Over several stages of conquest, some of them several decades long, large parts of[…]