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Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies

The Ottoman Empire and the “Germansphere” in the Age of Imperialism

International Workshop, Zurich, July 29 - 31, 2021


This workshop examines relations between the late Ottoman Empire (1878-1922) and the “Germansphere.” We employ the term “Germansphere” to designate a region shaped by a strong influence of the German language and common forms of cultural literacy, which comprises at its core the countries Germany, Austria(-Hungary), and Switzerland. Using insights from transnational and new imperial history our contributions address the question: under which circumstances did relations between the Ottomans and the Germansphere accommodate, support, or contradict the logics and structures of (informal) imperialism?


ETH Zurich - Geschichte der modernen Welt

Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies - Islamic Studies