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Visions of the Ottoman World in Renaissance Europe

Andrei Pippidi


Key protagonists in discussions about the Ottoman Empire during the Renaissance included Erasmus, Luther, and Machiavelli. Today we might call them intellectuals, yet mostly they did not travel, and direct contact with the Ottoman Empire was scarce or nonexistent. Nor were they well disposed to its predecessor, the Byzantine Empire, whose fall presented them with an intellectual conundrum: how were they to explain the irresistible advance of the Ottomans across the Balkans and the inability of Christian Europe to hold the line? They also felt compelled to incorporate this significant new threa ... More

Keywords: Ottoman Empire, Erasmus, Luther, Machiavelli, Byzantine Empire, Balkans, Christian Europe, Turkey

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199327836
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199327836.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrei Pippidi, author
University of Bucharest