I'm happy to share (a bit belatedly) the publication of my book, The First of the Modern Ottomans: the Intellectual History of Ahmed Vâsıf (Cambridge University Press, 2017). The book blends the biography of a scribe, ambassador, and prolific historian, Vâsıf (ca. 1735-1806), with an in-depth study of the wider intellectual currents of his day – especially at the reformist court of Selim III.
With best wishes,
Ethan L. Menchinger
Lecturer in Early Ottoman History
University of Michigan