In fact, three of the greatest empires Ottoman, Safavid and Mughal known to world history existed in the Near East and Southern Asia at that time, and it could be argued that all three were near their peak of cultural influence and political power--far more powerful than any country or kingdom existing in Western Europe in the seventeenth century.
Plot summary[ edit ] In the novel, Jeremy and Amanda Solter are two teenagers living in the late 21st century. Their parents work for Crosstime Traffic, a trading company using time travel to go back and forth from parallel versions of Earth to trade for resources to help sustain their version of Earth.
One summer, the children work with their parents, going to Polisso — in our timeline a village in Romania with the ancient Porolissum ruins nearby, in the alternate timeline a major city of a Roman Empire that never collapsed. In the intervening centuries, the Romans advanced to the extent of inventing gunpowder — hence the title of the book — putting their armies on about Gunpowder empires Century level.
Bythey had not, however, gone through an industrial revolution and much of their social institutions, in particular slaveryremain much as they were in earlier Roman times.
North of the Roman Empire, a rival Lietuvan Empire has grown up similar to a still surviving Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealthwith occasional wars breaking out between the two.
It is said that most of these wars would end in an exchange of border provinces.
Romans consider the Lietuvans as "barbarians", though in fact the two have much the same level of technology and culture. When the youngsters' mother becomes sick, their father takes her back to their home time for treatment, expecting to come back in a few days — but the cross-time travel equipment suffers a break in link, stranding Jeremy and Amanda in Polisso just as the Lietuvan Army crosses the border, placing Polisso under siege.
At the same time, the Roman authorities begin to grow suspicious of their trade mission and the origin of such items as watches and Swiss army knives which they offer for sale and which no artisan in the Empire can match. Map[ edit ] While the book is not entirely clear on the borders of the Lietuvan Empire and the Roman Empire in AD, it does give a few hints.
Dark blue areas in the map are areas under Roman control. Blue areas are areas that are probably under Roman control but are not mentioned. Light blue areas are contested areas. Brown areas are the Lietuvans. This is a rousing story that reminds us that "adventure" really is someone else in deep trouble a long way off.Islamic Gunpowder Empires provides readers with a history of Islamic civilization in the early modern world through a comparative examination of Islam s three greatest empires the Ottomans (centered in what is now Turkey), the Safavids (in modern Iran), and the Mughals (ruling the Indian subcontinent).
Author Douglas Streusand explains the Reviews: 6. Gunpowder weapons in the three empires Ottoman Empire. The first of the three empires to acquire gunpowder weapons was the Ottoman, as by the 14th century, the Ottomans had adopted gunpowder artillery.
The Gunpowder Empires were the Ottoman, Safavid and Mughal empires. Each of these three empires had considerable military success using the newly developed firearms, especially cannon and small arms, in the course of their empires, but unlike Europe for example.
The Gunpowder Empires The Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque in Isfahan, Iran; constructed during the reign of Shah Abbas I (); photo credit rutadeltambor.come.
Despite many West European preconceptions, the Near/Middle East was not a backwater of the world in the seventeenth century. Gunpowder Empire is an alternate history novel by Harry Turtledove.
It is the first part of the Crosstime Traffic series. Plot summary. In the novel, Jeremy and Amanda Solter are two teenagers living in the late 21st century. Their parents work for Crosstime Traffic, a trading company using.
The Safavids were Turks living in Persia who built a powerful gunpowder army & created an empire in modern-day Iran. The greatest ruler of the Safavid Empire was Shah Abbas who came to power in He borrowed ideas.