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Book publication on ruler visibility and popular belonging by AIAS Fellow Darin N. Stephanov

In the new book ‘Ruler Visibility and Popular Belonging in the Ottoman Empire, 1808-1908’, Stephanov argues that periodic ceremonial intrusion into the everyday lives of people across the Ottoman Empire had multiple, far-reaching and largely unexplored consequences.

Photo: Book cover, Edinburgh University Press.

‘What do we really speak of when we speak of the modern ethno-national mindset and where shall we search for its roots?’.

This question is the point of departure in AIAS-COFUND Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow Darin N. Stephanov’s new book Ruler Visibility and Popular Belonging in the Ottoman Empire, 1808-1908 (Edinburgh University Press 2018). Among other themes, the book synthesizes a new, thirteen-point model of modern belonging based on the concept of ruler visibility and combines elements of micro and macro history, connecting core to periphery.

The book will interest readers who are concerned about the growing prevalence of ethno-nationalism in the post-Cold War world and who hope to devise countervailing solutions before it is too late.    

Read more about the book

Ruler Visibility and Popular Belonging in the Ottoman Empire, 1808-1908 by Darin N. Stephanov. Edinburgh University Press, November 2018:


The research project has received funding by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research, Technological development and Demonstration under grant agreement no 609033.  


Darin N. Stephanov, Postdoc 

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