Dr Fred Anscombe

Head of Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, Birkbeck, University of London, BA History (Yale), MA and PhD Near Eastern Studies (Princeton), Reader in Modern History

Dr Anscombe’s research interests lie in the history of the Ottoman Empire and Post-ottoman States, ranging from the late seventeenth to twentieth centuries. While he has strong interest in Ottoman imperial history, he prefers to break away from the traditional focus upon the centre, looking instead at Balkan and Arab provincial history to see if and how the sultan’s subjects were affected by, and reacted to, politics and policies of the centre.  Dr Anscombe has an interest in Islam, not only as a religion but as a force in daily life and imperial politics that is too often discounted by scholars today.  In line with this perception of current depictions of the past, he is also interested in Ottoman historiography and its subservience to nation-building and other modern agendas.

Dr Anscombe has a number of publications focussed on the Ottoman period. Please read more information here.