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Military EngineersThe Development of the Early Modern European State$
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Bruce P. Lenman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781845861209

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781845861209.001.0001

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Military Engineering in the Ottoman Empire

Military Engineering in the Ottoman Empire

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(p.179) 7 Military Engineering in the Ottoman Empire
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Military Engineers
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Kahraman Sakul

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781845861209.003.0008

The Ottoman Empire was largely self-sufficient in the materials of gunpowder warfare, apart from tin. In the Danube and Mediterranean basins it had access to a culture of technological transfer not least from French and Walloon deserters whom the Habsburgs did not always pay regularly. Ottoman architects such as the great Sinan Aga were mathematically informed and expected to cover secular, religious and military tasks. A centralised regime sustained a small imperial engineering corps. Its modernisation after 1720 was impeded not by prejudice but by fiscal, political and military over-extension.

Keywords:   Culture transfer, Danube, Mediterranean, Sinan, engineering corps, modernisation

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