The Arms of Greece and Her Balkan Neighbors in the Ottoman Period by Robert Elgood
The Arms of Greece and Her Balkan Neighbors in the Ottoman Period
Author: Robert Elgood
Title: The Arms of Greece and Her Balkan Neighbors in the Ottoman Period
ISBN10: 0500251576
ISBN13: 978-0500251577
Format: .PDF .EPUB .FB2
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Publisher: Thames & Hudson; 1st edition (December 29, 2009)
Language: English
Size pdf: 1577 kb
Size epub: 1760 kb
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Category: History
Subcategory: Military

A magnificent history of firearms and edged weapons in Greece and the Balkans during the centuries of Ottoman rule.

The Ottoman Balkans were by far the greatest center of weapons manufacture in the Islamic world, and their wares were exported far and wide. Each town developed its own style not only in weaponry but also in silver decoration and costume, often with splendid results. Traditional arms were held in great esteem, and weapons were personalized by their successive owners, most commonly by the addition of elaborate silver work. Decorations were sometimes commissioned to commemorate a gun’s success in protecting its owner through a particularly tough campaign.

The Greek war of liberation in the 1820s brought large numbers of the sultan’s soldiers to the country, and their captured arms fill Greece’s museums today. Although subject peoples under the Ottoman Empire were forbidden to ride horses or to bear arms, a great many weapons found their way into the hands of freedom fighters. Some of these weapons are magnificent; others are so poor that one wonders that a man should risk his life with such a thing. Yet it is from these arms, wielded by men of remarkable courage and determination, that a free and independent Greece emerged. 450 color illustrations