Governing Ottomans: Phanariot Christians in Old Regimes and New

Friday, January 7, 2011: 10:10 AM
Room 207 (Hynes Convention Center)
Christine Philliou , Columbia University, New York, NY
Phanariots were a clique of Orthodox Christians that rose to an array of positions of power in Ottoman governance from the late 17th to the  early 19th century. Here I present the rise of this elite in the  framework of the Ottoman-Russian rivalry, shifting  structures/institutions of Ottoman governance, and the internal  dilemmas of ruling a multi-confessional empire in the 18th century.
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