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Catholics and Sultans

This book surveys the relations between Catholics outside and inside the Ottoman Empire from 1453 to 1923. After the fall of Constantinople the only large Latin Catholic group to be incorporated into the sultan's domain were the Genoese who lived in Galata, across the Golden Horn from the Byzantine capital. Over the next few decades Turkish armies pushed into the Balkans, overrunning the Catholic population of Albania, Bosnia and Hungary. In the Orient, the sixteenth century saw the Maronites of Lebanon, the Latins of Palestine and most of the Greek islands, which once held Latin Catholic communities, come under Turkish rule. Papal response to the loss of these communities was initially a call to the crusade, but response from West European monarchs was disappointing. Their concerns were closer to home. French interest, however, lay in an alliance with the Turks against the Habsburgs. As a bonus, the Catholics of the Ottoman world received a protector at the Porte in the person of the French ambassador. The book traces the subsequent history of the Latin Catholics and each of the Eastern Catholic churches in the Ottoman Empire until its dissolution in 1923.
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Acknowledgments; Introduction; Part I. After the Conquest of Constantinople: 1. Ottoman gains and the Catholic response; 2. The Ottoman attack upon Catholics in the Balkans and Greece; 3. The Catholics of Armenia and Syria come under Ottoman rule; 4. The Ottoman advance into Palestine and Egypt; Part II. The Golden Age of the Missions: 5. The growth of French influence in Istanbul; 6. The missions come under the congregation for the propagation of the faith; 7. The Balkans and Greece; 8. The Orient and the Latin missions; 9. Palestine, Egypt and North Africa; Part III. The Eighteenth Century: 10. The eighteenth century in Istanbul; 11. The Balkans after the peace of Karlowitz; 12. The Catholic Armenians; 13. The near Eastern churches; 14. Palestine and Egypt; Part IV. From Expansion to Disaster: 15. The Catholics of Istanbul from the nineteenth century to the proclamation of the Turkish republic; 16. The Vatican council, the Eastern churches and the papacy; 17. The Balkan churches; 18. The Armenian Catholic community; 19. The Maronites after the reign of Mahmut II; 20. The Catholic Melkites; 21. Syrian Catholics and the Chaldean church; 22. The Catholics of the Holy Land and Egypt; Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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