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BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival Presents

The Ottoman Empire, Power, and the Sea: A short talk from New Generation Thinker Michael Talbot

Booking Information

To guarantee your ticket, book in advance. There will be some tickets available on the day on a first come, first served basis.

Venue: The Barbour Room

Tickets: Free, ticketed (Max 4 per person)

Details

From Turkish raiders who occupied an island in the Bristol Channel in the seventeenth century to questions about patrolling the Mediterranean sea now – New Generation Thinker Michael Talbot asks how can power be exerted over water? What do borders mean in the featureless desert of the ocean? These were questions faced by the Ottoman Empire in the 17th and 18th centuries when an imaginary line was used to create a legally enforced border at sea for the Sultans in Istanbul who called themselves “rulers of the two seas”, the Black and the Mediterranean.

Michael Talbot lectures about the history of the Ottoman Empire and the Modern Middle East at the University of Greenwich, London.

Come and hear this recording of an episode of BBC Radio 3’s The Essay with a chance to ask questions about the topic.

New Generation Thinkers is a scheme run by BBC Radio 3 and the Arts and Humanities Research Council to select 10 academics each year who can turn their research into radio.


For your information…

  • Phase one tickets will be available from 12noon on Friday 15 February, with phase two tickets available from 12noon on Friday 5 March.
  • Tickets are strictly limited to four per person.
  • To guarantee your ticket book in advance. There will be some tickets available on the day on a first come, first served basis.
  • Please take your seats 10 minutes prior to the event start time otherwise you may lose your place.


Part of BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival