To Kill a Sultan - A Transnational History of the Attempt on Abdülhamid II (1905)
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“The attempted assassination of Abdülhamid II on 21 July 1905 seemed to be condemned to remain a minor footnote in the history of the 19th-century Ottoman Empire until the publication of this book. Drawing on a wide variety of sources, To Kill A Sultan stands as an outstanding example of micro history set in a world context. The work of nine international scholars, it brings together fascinating details about the actual planning of the attentat, that reads like a spy novel, combined with magisterial overviews that engage current debates about Orientalism, international law, and the nature of ‘revolutionary terror’.” (Selim Deringil, Professor of History, Lebanese American University, author of The Well-Protected Domains: Ideology and the Legitimation of Power in the Ottoman Empire, 1876-1909)
Sheds light on a less well known episode in the history of Ottoman–European relations at the turn of the twentieth century
Explores the ‘entangled’ history of interstate dealings, nationalist and revolutionary movements, and various other international actors
Reinvigorates the field of international history, while also contributing to areas such as the history of radicalization, terrorism, and humanitarianism
Houssine Alloul holds a PhD in history and is currently a Research Associate at the University of Antwerp, Belgium, where he is also a member of Power in History: Centre for Political History (PoHis). His doctoral dissertation investigated the relations between Belgium and the Ottoman Empire, with a special focus on the intertwining of small power diplomacy, the global expansion of Belgian capital, and interculturality. His research interests include consular history, Orientalism(s), travel literature, modern finance capitalism, and Leopoldian colonialism.
Edhem Eldem teaches history at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey. He concentrates on nineteenth-century Ottoman social and cultural history, with particular emphasis on westernization and relations with Europe. Following publications on funerary epigraphy, trade, banking, urban development, and Orientalism, his current research focuses on archaeology, photography, visual culture, and first-person narratives.
Henk de Smaele teaches modern cultural history at the University of Antwerp, Belgium, where he is connected to the research unit Power in History: Centre for Political History (PoHis). His current research includes the modern history of gender and sexuality, as well as the history of relations between Europe and the Middle East.