Guns for the Sultan: Military Power and the Weapons Industry in the Ottoman Empire. Front Cover. Gábor Ágoston. Cambridge University Press. These early guns, however, were too small and too imperfect to cause any significant physical ; Gábor Ágoston, “Ottoman Artillery and European Military. Guns for the Sultan: Military Power and the Weapons Industry in the Ottoman Empire. By Gábor Ágoston. New York: Cambridge University Press,
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Guns for the Sultan: Dunn Guns for the Sultan: Cambridge University Press, Based on sound archival and other primary sources, it looks at the employment, gabo, and cost of Turkish gunpowder weapons in the s to s.
He gives equal time to analyses of weapons manufacture, the artisans who did the work, and how it all was financed. Ottoman leaders embraced the new weapons after encountering gunpowder technology during their invasions of the Balkans in the s and s.
Bysignificant resources gunns expended to develop an artillery train, one that was powerful enough to take on the heavily fortified city of Constantinople twenty-three years later. Reading Guns for the Sultan leaves one with the strong impression that Ottoman armies were as good, or maybe even better, than their European counterparts.
Combine these with regular revenue shortfalls, which made it difficult to hire and train artillerymen, or gabod musket-armed irregulars joining the growing ranks of bandit or separatist forces and the result was a significant decline in Ottoman military potential. Even then, Ottoman artillery and small arms were not tremendously behind European designs.
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Rather, Austrian and Russian armies had the advantage of “better drill, command and control, and bureaucratic administration. Guns for the Sultan is a good book. It contains extensive notes with frequent references to contrary points of view.
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