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Her book Osman's Dream, History of the Ottoman Empire 1300-1923 was published by John Murray in England in 2005, and by Basic Books in the United States (ISBN 0-465-02396-7). A Greek translation appeared in 2007, Dutch in 2008, and Russian in 2010. The Turkish edition, Rüyadan İmparatorluğa: Osmanlı (2007) is in its fourth printing.
She has recently co-authored a guide book of Turkey's first long-distance equestrian, hiking and biking route, the Evliya Çelebi Way, one of Turkey's new culture routes. It is available in English and Turkish.
Other works include The administration of warfare: the Ottoman military campaigns in Hungary, 1593-1606 (1988), and The seismicity of Turkey and adjacent areas : a historical review, 1500-1800 (1995, also in Turkish), written with N. N. Ambraseys. She holds honorary fellowships at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and the University of Exeter in England.
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