Prof Marc David Baer

Prof Marc David Baer


Marc David Baer is an American and British historian specialising in Ottoman history. He conducts research utilising Arabic, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Modern Turkish, Ottoman Turkish, and Persian sources. He has lived extensively in Turkey.

His book, The Ottomans: Khans, Caesars, and Caliphs was published by Basic Books in 2021.

Since 2013 Professor Baer has been Professor of International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

He completed his PhD in History at the University of Chicago in 2001. He previously taught at Tulane University and the University of California, Irvine.

He is also the author of Honored by the Glory of Islam: Conversion and Conquest in Ottoman Europe (New York: Oxford University Press, 2008), winner, Albert Hourani Prize, Middle East Studies Association of North America, Best Book in Middle East Studies; The Dönme: Jewish Converts, Muslim Revolutionaries, and Secular Turks (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2010); At Meydanı’nda Ölüm: 17. Yüzyıl İstanbul’unda Toplumsal Cinsiyet, Hoşgörü ve İhtida (Death on the Hippodrome: Gender, Tolerance, and Conversion in 17th century Istanbul) (Istanbul: Koç Yayınları, 2016, in Turkish); Sultanic Saviors and Tolerant Turks: Writing Ottoman Jewish History, Denying the Armenian Genocide (Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 2020), winner Dr. Sona Aronian Book Prize for Excellence in Armenian Studies, National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR), USA; and German, Jewish, Muslim, Gay: The Life and Times of Hugo Marcus (New York: Columbia University Press, 2020). His books have been translated into Turkish and Greek.



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Professor @MarcDavidBaer1's 'The Ottomans: Khans, Caesars, and Caliphs' has been named one of the 'best paperbacks of 2022' by The Sunday Times!

Brilliant gift for a budding historian this holiday season 🎁

Iznik: a gallery of Turkish delights as @tweeter_anita & I prepare to embark on our Ottoman series for @EmpirePodUK

Iznik: a gallery of Turkish delights as @tweeter_anita & I prepare to embark on our Ottoman series for @EmpirePodUK

How lovely to be listed alongside my ⁦⁦@WolfsonHistory⁩ Prize buddies ⁦@malcolmgaskill⁩ and ⁦@MarcDavidBaer1⁩ in ⁦@thetimes⁩’ best paperbacks of 2022

Good company
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Now out in paperback. Highly recommend for anyone knows little about the Ottomans. But if you've studied them for 20 years like me it's still a good read. Has a chapter on topic of one of most popular classes in my course - the Ottomans' obsession with chasing "beardless youths"

@MarcDavidBaer1 Marc! You are missed, when will your next podcast interview, youtube appearance or upcoming productions be?

Absolutely excellent book, if one wants to read more about the Ottoman Empire, what do you recommend?

Paperback version flying off the shelves!

Happy paperback pub day @MarcDavidBaer1 🎉

#TheOttomans is a sweeping history of the 600 year dynasty and its enduring impact on Europe and the world. Shortlisted for The @WolfsonHistory Prize 2022.

Now with a stunning new cover, get yourself a copy here 👇

Happy paperback publication day to @MarcDavidBaer1! 🎉

#TheOttomans (@BasicBooksUK) was shortlisted for the 2022 #WolfsonHistoryPrize and is now out in paperback with a lovely new cover.

The paperback version is out!

Biggest ever university strikes set to hit UK campuses over pay, conditions & pensions

@tweeter_anita & I will soon be wrapping up our British India 1st series on @EmpirePodUK & moving on to look at Empire in the Middle East- starting with the Persian & Ottoman Empires. Our first guest will be @MarcDavidBaer1 whose Ottoman book is fabulous.

Discussion of #TheOttomans @BasicBooks @lsehistory
in Greek's influential newspaper To Vima:

Οι φαντασιώσεις του Ταγίπ Ερντογάν για την Οθωμανική Αυτοκρατορία

@RishiSunak could personally give every @theRCN nurse a 15 percent pay rise and still have £798,400,000 left in his personal bank account.
Fund the @NHSEngland

Every single university in the UK will strike for 3 days at the end of Nov if the employer does not resolve our disputes

The ball is now firmly in their courts

Let’s build for the strikes

The longer the picket line, the shorter the strike


UK academic staff are not paid well by international standards or enough to keep up with UK inflation. Cuts to retirement benefits are cuts to their compensation. This is unjust and threatens universities that have remained excellent while so much has declined. @UCU.

Sevgili Yeni Şafak, "İslam ilim dinidir" haberinde kullandığınız stok fotoğrafın, Müslümanlıkla bir ilgisi olduğundan emin misiniz? Her gördüğünüz sakallıyı dedeniz sanmasanız keşke...

The Ottomans out in paperback with a stunning new cover on 10 November
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