The Ottoman Army of the Napoleonic Wars, 1784-1815

A struggle for survival from Egypt to the Balkans

Bruno Mugnai

The period 1792-1815 was a pivotal moment in world history, but many accounts lack detail about Ottoman military developments. The book examines changes and development of the Ottoman army from the Napoleonic Campaign in Egypt until the Serbian uprisings in 1804-13 and 1815.
Date Published :
September 2022
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Series :
From Reason to Revolution
Illustration :
16 pages color plates, 176 b/w illustrations, diagrams & maps
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781915070487
Pages : 406
Dimensions : 9.75 X 7 inches
Stock Status : Available


The Ottoman Empire was only marginally affected by the conflicts of the Napoleonic era; however, the period between the 1780s and 1820s was very important for the history and institutions of the multicultural state. Scholars working on the Ottomans in the Balkans, Anatolia, Egypt, and Syria have reached something of a consensus about these years as a watershed for the Ottomans. It was a moment when reform became necessary not just as a palace experiment, but as a matter of life and death for the dynasty and empire alike. Survival in the Ottoman dynastic context meant engaging in a series of multilateral negotiations, not only with foreign powers, but also with a host of new military, intellectual, and religious elite groups. These emerged precisely because of shrinking borders, mobile military forces, and refugee populations. The struggle for survival was central to the changing dynamics of Ottoman society, especially in a period when war was generally proving too costly in human and economic terms. The toll on local society was large, and also involved the territories of the empire which were not directly within the war zones.

This book examines the changes and development of the Ottoman army from its campaigns against the Bedouin in Iraq in the 1780s until the Serbian uprisings in 1804-13 and 1815. It also includes a detailed description of the dress and equipment of the Ottoman soldiers of this period.

About The Author

Bruno Mugnai was born in Florence in 1962 and still lives there with Silvia, Chiara and Eugenio. Active for years as a divulger of history and illustrator, he has published several titles for publishers such as the Historical Office of the Italian Army and Helion & Company in the UK, concerning to the periods and geographical areas of his interest, as the Ancient Italian States, central and eastern Europe in 16th, 17th and 18th century and South America after the conquest. As an illustrator he is collaborating with important Italian and foreign specialists and with the Stibbert Museum of Florence. Bruno is a Rugby Football Union enthusiast, who is still trusting in the Italian Grand Slam in the Six Nations Tournament.

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