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Osmans dream the history of the ottoman empire is a blow by blow account of the rise and fall of one of the worlds most interesting empires the ottomans started as a tribal group under the leadership of osman carving out a space for themselves on the western coast of anatolia under the shadow of the waning roman empire in constantinople. How timely to have such a lucid well researched and fair minded history of the ottoman empire and one too which treats it not as some exotic and alien world but as part of our common past margaret macmillan author of paris 1919 osmans dream is a treasure for anyone who wants to know exactly what happened when in the ottoman empire. The definitive history of the ottoman empire the ottoman empire was one of the largest and most influential empires in world history its reach extended to three continents and it survived for more than six centuries but its history is too often colored by the memory of its bloody final throes on the battlefields of world war i in this magisterial work the first definitive account written