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Title: Ottoman Foreign Policy during the Thirty Years War
Author(s): CEVRIOĞLU, Mahmut Halef
Journal: Turcica
Volume: 49    Date: 2018   
Pages: 195-235
DOI: 10.2143/TURC.49.0.3285082

Abstract :
The main concern of the present study is to make a foreign policy analysis of the Ottomans on the one hand and to try demonstrating how policy-making might have affected the Ottoman take during the Thirty Years War (1618-1648) on the other. Under the light of former studies and primary evidence, it tries to prove that there were concrete instances of Ottoman military intervention in the war. Second, it also seeks to answer why the Ottoman Empire should be regarded as a player on the scene of this continental political crisis, even though they remained largely non-participant: In this vein, it points out to the psychological effect of the Ottoman power on the European states, which is clearly reflected on contemporary European diplomatic reports.



L’objet de cet article est, d’une part, d’analyser la politique étrangère ottomane et, d’autre part, de tenter de montrer comment le processus de prise de décision a affecté l’attitude ottomane pendant la guerre de Trente Ans (1618-1648). En se fondant sur l’historiographie et sur des sources contemporaines des événements, on s’efforce de montrer qu’il y eut à certaines périodes intervention militaire de la Porte. Il s’agit également de se demander en quoi l’Empire fut, de facto, un acteur de cette crise politique continentale, alors qu’il n’en fut pas partie prenante. Sur ce point, l’étude souligne le poids psychologique de l’Empire ottoman pour les États européens du temps, ce dont témoignent les rapports diplomatiques européens.

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