The accidental palace : the making of Yıldız in nineteenth-century Istanbul / Deniz Türker.

Türker, Deniz, 1983- [Browse]
  • University Park, Pennsylvania : The Pennsylvania State University Press, [2023]
  • ©2023
xix, 251 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color), plans ; 27 cm.


Summary note
"This book tells the story of Yıldız Palace in Istanbul, the last and largest imperial residential complex of the Ottoman Empire. Today, the palace is physically fragmented and has been all but erased from Istanbul’s urban memory. At its peak, however, Yıldız was a global city in miniature and the center of the empire’s vast bureaucratic apparatus. Following a chronological arc from 1795 to 1909, The Accidental Palace shows how the site developed from a rural estate of the queen mothers into the heart of Ottoman government. Nominally, the palace may have belonged to the rarefied realm of the Ottoman elite, but as Deniz Türker reveals, the development of the site was profoundly connected to Istanbul’s urban history and to changing conceptions of empire, absolutism, diplomacy, reform, and the public. Türker explores these connections, framing Yıldız Palace and its grounds not only as a hermetic expression of imperial identity but also as a product of an increasingly globalized consumer culture, defined by access to a vast number of goods and services across geographical boundaries. Drawn from archival research conducted in Yıldız’s imperial library, The Accidental Palace provides important insights into a decisive moment in the palace’s architectural and landscape history and demonstrates how Yıldız was inextricably tied to ideas of sovereignty, visibility, taste, and self-fashioning. It will appeal to specialists in the art, architecture, politics, and culture of nineteenth-century Turkey and the Ottoman Empire."-- Publisher's website.
Series number on back of book jacket.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-236) and index.
  • Sultan Abdülhamid II's Yıldız Palace
  • Yıldız Kiosk and the queen mothers
  • Yıldız and its gardeners
  • The architecture of Yıldız Mountain
  • The last photograph album of the Hamidian Palace
  • Coda : palace mosque, palace theater.
Other title(s)
  • Making of Yıldız in nineteenth-century Istanbul
  • Making of Yıldız in 19th-century Istanbul
  • 9780271093918 (hardcover)
  • 0271093919 (hardcover)
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