Dr Rhoads Murphey

 

Reader in Ottoman Studies

Department of History

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Contact details

Arts Building
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

About

The History of the Turks, Medieval, Early Modern and Modern, has been my avocation since my first visit to Turkey as a teenager in 1966 and my principal occupation since I completed by doctoral studies at the age of thirty.

Qualifications

BA (Columbia), MA, PhD (Chicago).

Biography

My training in the field of Turkish and Ottoman Studies was completed under the expert guidance of three acknowledged masters of the discipline in London with Victor Menage, in New York with Tibor Halasi-Kun and in Chicago with Halil Inalcik where I remained for 7 years (1973-1979). After a ten year-stint (1982-1991) at Columbia University in New York, serving two departments as both language instructor and historian, in 1992 I started a new career at Birmingham with responsibility for coverage of Turkish history and culture at the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies. The result of this transatlantic transplantation has been the widening of my intellectual and academic horizons to encompass the wider Mediterranean and Balkan worlds and the opportunity of pursuing new avenues of research that were closed to me as a younger practitioner in academia.

Postgraduate supervision

  • Social and economic history of the Ottoman Empire 1300-1920
  • History of Ottoman institutions and institutional change
  • Ottoman cultural history and relations with the West

Research

Main areas of interest: Ottoman state structures, archival and fiscal registers and treatises; Fürstenspiegel of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries; the Ottoman army and navy, logistical structures, administration, military technology; relations with the early modern and modern West; Ottoman Turkish language and literature, esp. historiography; Balkan and Middle East (Slav and Arab) nationalism; modern Turkish social and political history.

Publications

Books

  • R. Murphey. 2009 Essays on Ottoman Historians and Historiography (Istanbul: Eren Yayıncılık)
  • R. Murphey. 2008. Exploring Ottoman Sovereignty: Tradition, Image and Practice in the Ottoman Imperial Household, 1400-1800 (London: Continuum Books)
  • R Murphey. 2007. Studies on Ottoman Society and Culture, 16th - 18th Centuries, Aldershot, Hampshire, Ashgate

Chapters in collective works

  • R. Murphey. 2010. “Ottoman Military Organisation in South-eastern Europe, 1420s-1720”, in F. Tallet and D. J. Trim (eds.), European Warfare, 1350-1750 Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), pp. 135-158
  • R. Murphey.2009. “The garrison and its hinterland in the Ottoman East, 1578-1605” in A.C. S. Peacock (ed.), The Frontiers of the Ottoman World: Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 156 (London: British Academy, 2009), pp. 353-370
  • R. Murphey. 2009. “Syria’s “Underdevelopment” under Ottoman Rule: Revisiting an Old Theme in the Light of New Evidence from the Court Records of Aleppo in the Eighteenth Century” in J. Hathaway (ed.), The Ottoman Lands in the Ottoman Era Minneapolis, MN 2009[Minnesota Studies in Early Modern History, No. 2], Chapter 9, pp. 209-230
  • R. Murphey. 2007. A Comparative Look at Ottoman and Habsburg Resources and Readiness for War (In Guerra y sociedad en la Monarquia Hispánica, I & II, 75-102). Maffi GH-D (Editor), Ediciones Laberinto, Madrid

Articles

  • R. Murphey. 2008. “ The Development of Istanbul’s Commercial
  • Potential Between 1700 and 1765”, Acta Orientalia Academiae
  • Scientiarum Hungaricae, Vol. 61 (2008), pp.149-157

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