In a few more months, their crack troops of Janissaries
The bishop was referring to the Janissaries
, the elite infantry of the Ottoman Empire, which was manned by soldiers who were snatched as boys from Christian families and were forced to convert to Islam.
We have the US, Arab janissaries
and a complicit EU on our side.
The historical truth is that centurions of Rome, janissaries
of Turkey and Tonton Macoutes of Haiti have won and held more power over longer periods than officials freely elected by the people.
He joined the elite corps of the Ottoman army, the Janissaries
as a young man, like his father did before him.
The Western-Near Eastern tradition of light infantry musketeers developed in earnest during the endemic warfare, between the Ottoman Turks, particularly the Janissaries
, and the Spanish Habsburg's light infantry in the sixteenth-century Mediterranean theater.
Although the Janissaries
proved useful in imposing central control over these, they too demanded greater political influence--occasionally declaring their own rule over imperial territory (such as Serbia in 1804) and even reducing the Sultan to being a 'subject to his own slaves' (as Osman II put it following defeat to Poland in 1622).
Over the centuries, the fortress turned into a prison used by the Janissaries
(the elite infantry units that formed the Ottoman Sultan's household troops and bodyguards), and was also closed for a long time.
Of harems and sultans, or janissaries
and revolts and power and empire?
If Lord of Janissaries
sounds familiar, with its stories of a soldier and his men who are abandoned in hostile territory when aliens land, that's because this collection consists of three novels of military sci-fi classics presented under one cover.
While many English-language works of military history are justifiably criticized for their relative inattention to non-Western histories, not so here: eight chapters concern non-Western case studies, ranging from Ottoman janissaries
to East India Company military labourers to Chinese soldiers during the Qing dynasty.
When sultan's janissaries
opposed reforms , he began to develop a new force called Nizam-e- Cedid ( New Order) ( Hussain, 2011).