Agents of Empire (E–pub Download) ☆ Noel Malcolm


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  • Agents of Empire
  • Noel Malcolm
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  • 12 October 2019
  • 9780241003893

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Summary ´ Agents of Empire Î PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Lmost all of them previously invisible to history They include an archbishop in the Balkans the captain of the papal flagship at the battle of Lepanto the power behind the throne in the Ottoman province of Moldavia and a dragoman interpreter at the Venetian embassy in Istanbul Through the life stories of three generations of Brunis and Brutis Noel Malcolm casts the world between Venice Rome and the Ottoman Empire in a fresh light illuminating subjects as diverse as espionage anti Ottoman rebellion diplomacy slave ransoming and the grain tr. The title Agents of Empire Knights Corsairs Jesuits and Spies in the Sixteenth Century Mediterranean World promises a sweeping saga of pirates and political skulduggery There is always a possibility that a book written by an academic will not live up to its title usually because the facts are so densely and dryly presented that it does not make for a smooth and entertaining read Noel Malcolm has not only undertaken some fascinating research but delivered a wealth of facts in a panoramic and thrilling account of some turbulent times The political manoeuvring engaged in by the Bruti and Bruni families cutting a dynastic swathe between the Christian and the Ottoman empires is fascinating and the stuff of adventure novels The history of the Balkans and the area of Mediterranean over which the family manoeuvred is handled well and provides an important foundation on which to situate the whole saga As well as vast sweeps of political history there are also details of daily routines or notable events the minutiae of which make for an engrossing read For writers wanting to set a story in this era or simply exploring the wheeling and dealing undertaken by powerful families then this is an excellent sourcebook It is a book to be kept repeatedly dipped into and enjoyed A Wedding in Hell embassy in Istanbul Through the life stories of three generations of Brunis and Brutis Noel Malcolm casts the world between Venice Rome and the Ottoman Empire in a fresh light illuminating subjects as diverse as Lee Child CD Audiobook Bundle espionage anti Ottoman rebellion diplomacy slave ransoming and the grain tr. The title Agents of Empire Knights Corsairs Jesuits and Spies in the Sixteenth Century Mediterranean World promises a sweeping saga of pirates and political skulduggery There is always a possibility that a book written by an academic will not live up to its title usually because the facts are so densely and dryly presented that it does not make for a smooth and Enchantress Mine entertaining read Noel Malcolm has not only undertaken some fascinating research but delivered a wealth of facts in a panoramic and thrilling account of some turbulent times The political manoeuvring Les Cin et le trésor de Rouépine engaged in by the Bruti and Bruni families cutting a dynastic swathe between the Christian and the Ottoman Into the Hands of the Soldiers: Freedom and Chaos in Egypt and the Middle East empires is fascinating and the stuff of adventure novels The history of the Balkans and the area of Mediterranean over which the family manoeuvred is handled well and provides an important foundation on which to situate the whole saga As well as vast sweeps of political history there are also details of daily routines or notable Who Needs a Prairie? events the minutiae of which make for an Running on Empty Contemplative Spirituality for Overachievers engrossing read For writers wanting to set a story in this Petty Pewter Gods era or simply Mama Namibia exploring the wheeling and dealing undertaken by powerful families then this is an サイコメ 1 殺人鬼と死春期を excellent sourcebook It is a book to be kept repeatedly dipped into and Initiated Memoir of a Witch enjoyed

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Summary ´ Agents of Empire Î PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free In the sixteenth century the Christian states of Western Europe were on the defensive against a Muslim superpower the Empire of the Ottoman sultans There was violent conflict from raiding and corsairing to large scale warfare but there were also many kinds of peaceful interaction across the surprisingly porous frontiers of these opposing power blocs Agents of Empire describes the paths taken through the eastern Mediterranean and its European hinterland by members of two closely related Venetian Albanian families the Brunis and the Brutis a. When I think about Albania which is not often I usually think about Communist dictator Enver Hoxha and the hundreds of thousands of reinforced concrete pillboxes he scattered around Albania preparing for the imminent assault of the imperialists Other than that if I m in a historical mood I think about Skanderbeg the Sixteenth Century freedom fighter against the conuering Ottomans If I m thinking about the modern era maybe I think about Mother Teresa or on a less exalted level Jim Belushi I don t or didn t think about Venice or Lepanto or Jesuits or any of the very interesting and even exciting places people and happenings Noel Malcolm covers This book however has changed my perspectiveMalcolm s book Agents of Empire surveys the complex world of the eastern Adriatic and Mediterranean mostly during the second half of the Sixteenth Century His story revolves around a single Albanian family not prominent in history the BruniBruti family and several now obscure towns and cities divided between Venetian and Ottoman control on the eastern shore of the Adriatic Ulcinj Bar Kotor Durr s Most of this territory is now Albania a small bit is Montenegro or Croatia The BruniBruti families were intimately connected with this territory and played important roles in the tumultuous events that affected it during this timeVenice today is an overcrowded baroue tourist trap Four hundred years ago it was if not a global power a power in the Mediterranean world and a key player in international trade and interchange As the maritime power closest to the Ottomans and with a land border between the territory it dominated and the Ottomans it had the most to lose and sometimes the most to gain from the inevitable conflicts with the expanding Ottomans Of course the Venetians had been imposing their will in this same area for hundreds of years it was their diversion of the Fourth Crusade in 1202 to attack Zara also on the Adriatic coast that undermined that Crusade and then the re direction of the Crusade under Venetian pressure to Constantinople that caused catastrophic results So in many ways the wars of Venice in this book are merely a continuation of the necessary wars of empire after all Venice was a relevant power for nearly a thousand years an impressive record but one that reuired constant defenseThe BrutiBruni family is not famous at all Malcolm found a reference to a lost manuscript history of Albania and the surrounding area supposedly written by one Antonio Bruti and spent uite a bit of time looking for it He ultimately found it and pulling on the string and plowing through archives fleshed out the story of this family though as he says a lot is still buried in archives Since the family had several individuals with highly varied roles looking through the prism of their lives gives an excellent flavor of the timesPart of the BruniBruti family originated in Durr s They were important and powerful there prior to the events of this book but lost most of what they had when the Ottomans conuered the town in 1501 turning it Muslim and into a corsair lair What was left of the family fled north to Ulcinj then still a Venetian town Until the latter stages of this book the focus is these towns on the eastern Adriatic shore small ancient towns with proud aristocrats the usual conflict between them and the other classes especially rising merchants international trade and their foreign policy and defense caught between the Venetians and the Ottomans Much of the story here revolves around service provided by members of the Bruni and Bruti families to Venice and to a lesser extent to the Papacy and the Knights of Malta accompanied by later involvement with the Ottomans as dragomans in Istanbul and as high level functionaries in the Ottoman principalities of Wallachia and Moldavia which today roughly along with Transylvania stolen from Hungary in 1919 form modern RumaniaOne family member Antonio Bruti who wrote the manuscript the author found spent his life as a factotum for Venice ultimately receiving high rewards and accolades from the city for his work which served his descendants and relatives in good stead His brother in law Giovanni Bruni was an archbishop attended the Council of Trent where he had dealings with Charles Borromeo later Archbishop of Milan and my patron saint was made a galley slave by the Ottomans and killed at the Battle of Lepanto along with his nephew Giovanni s brother Gasparo became a Knight of Malta Malcolm provides a fascinating description not just of the military activities of the Knights but their economic activities the process of admission and the internal politics of the Knights Gasparo Bruni became captain of the papal flagship at the Battle of Lepanto and later fought for the papacy in Avignon during the Huguenot Wars ultimately dying in his bed at an advanced age His son Antonio became a Jesuit then a new and vigorous order studying in RomeDuring this period the late Sixteenth Century the Ottomans continued to expand fighting yet another war with Venice resulting in the capture of Ulcinj and its conversion to a Muslim town as it is today after killing much of the population despite a guarantee of safe conduct given in exchange for the city s surrender More Brutis and Brunis died here Those that remained moved to Istria to Koper Capodistria still under Venetian control From here the only Bruti reasonably well known to history Bartolomeo son of Antonio began his career as a diplomat and functionary for the Spanish and Venetians especially in negotiations and dealings with the Ottomans his role in Istanbul was mostly indistinguishable from that of a spy This role was greatly assisted by the on again off again Grand Vizier of this period Sinan Pasha not only being Albanian but related in an obscure but relevant way to Bartolomeo probably as a cousin by marriage of some sort The English also begin to appear at this point where Elizabeth I was negotiating with the Sultan in order to gain traction against their common enemy the Spanish Habsburgs and Bartolomeo had dealings with them as wellBartolomeo moved to Moldavia and became the chief lieutenant of the voivode appointed by the Sultan Moldavia was self governing but in effect a satrapy of the Ottomans and a pawn in conflicts with the Poles and the Cossacks the Ottomans having conuered most of Hungary and turned Transylvania into a separate state until it was later reunited with Hungary But Bartolomeo came out on the wrong side of a power struggle and didn t leave town with the exiled voivode fast enough so despite or because of his meteoric rise and accomplishment he was strangled and thrown in the river by the new voivode at age 34 apparently in part to avoid repaying a debt to him His second cousin Gasparo Bruni s son Antonio the Jesuit served the exiled voivode in the Tyrol and died of disease at a relatively young age Bartolomeo s brother Cristofero became a dragoman or interpreter in Istanbul This was an important office that freuently meant serving as a diplomat not just as a mere interpreter His relations and descendants served in this and similar offices for at least the next century thus the family ended intertwined with the Ottomans rather than their opponentsIf all this sounds complicated it is I m simplifying it considerably But then real life is complicated after all and Malcolm does an excellent job of keeping the story moving along One thing that comes through very clearly is the porous nature of borders and relations among peoples and the key element of trade War comes and goes but under the surface trade especially in grain critical to both the Ottomans and the Venetians continues Men seek glory honor and sinecures from the state for their services Fortune s Wheel turns round and roundAlong the way few new lessons are learned There is little or nothing in this book thankfully that can be tied to modern politics If there is a lesson it is a reinforcement of what we already know in the world before our times people died unexpectedly and young much often than they do now Most of the protagonists of this book seem to be on an arc of ever greater success and then they die Some die in battle some of disease some of running afoul of the Sultan or some other powerful man Maybe probably the knowledge of this spurred them on to greater efforts it certainly did not seem to make them take easy and obvious steps to reduce the risk like simply staying at home No doubt they viewed life and the world differently than us even though they for the most part they seem so similar to us Reading about them still brings them close to us and reminds us that although times change people remain basically the same in all their rich variation

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Summary ´ Agents of Empire Î PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ade He describes the conflicting strategies of the Christian powers and the extraordinarily ambitious plans of the sultans and their viziers Few works since Fernand Braudel's classic account of the sixteenth century Mediterranean published than sixty years ago have ranged so widely through this vital period of Mediterranean and European history A masterpiece of scholarship as well as story telling Agents of Empire builds up a panoramic picture both of Western power politics and of the interrelations between the Christian and Ottoman worlds. The story of several generations of the Albanian Bruti and Bruni families as they made their fortunes spying warring and trading with every major power in the Mediterranean during the late 16th century This deserves and extra star purely for the uality and depth of the research I am not exaggerating when I say that this is probably the most expansive research project I ve ever read through I also love how Malcolm has brought back a very personal story which up until now has been completely lostThis is not the story of any given state or society Rather it is the story of those who made their living on the frontiers of nation states In reading this you learn about the operations of many states notably the Ottomans from the perspective of the great power diplomacy and trade they engage in This is the first book I ve read which sometimes looks into the early modern period through a geostrategic lensPrior to reading this book I had never really conceived of the uite how tremendously powerful the Ottomans were in their prime They completely dwarfed anything in western Europe at the time I also never uite realized how nepotistic and deeply personal Turkish politics wereA wonderfully researched and very dense book


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