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Ottoman Governance and the House of Phanar

Ottoman Governance and the House of Phanar

Episode 294with Christine Philliouhosted by Susanna Ferguson and Zoe GriffithDownload the podcastFeed | iTunes | GooglePlay | SoundCloudIn this episode, Christine Philliou traces the story of Istanbul's Phanariots, a group of wealthy, "Greek-identified" families who rose to play a central role in Ottoman foreign policy and diplomacy in the 17th and 18th centuries. What happened to these families in the tumultuous years preceding and following Greek independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1832? In this episode, we explore the biography of Phanariot Stephanos Vogorides and ask what his story has to offer Ottoman history. His story and that of the Phanariots shed light on Ottoman governance and diplomacy, as well as relations between Muslims, Christians, Ottomans, and Greeks in the important but often-overlooked moment just prior to the 19th century reforms known as the Tanzimat.« Click for More »