Y.Hakan Erdem is an historian of the Ottoman Empire. He holds a PhD in Modern History from Oxford University. He worked at Bogazici University, 1993-2002 and Sabanci University, 2002-2021, both in Istanbul. He was also a visiting professor at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, in 1998 and 2001 and at George Washington University, USA, in 2000. He specialized in the history of Ottoman slavery, modern state construction in the late Ottoman Empire, repercussions of the Greek War of Independence in the Ottoman Empire, introduction of the new conscript army, transformation of Ottoman political language and culture. Among his various publications, mention must be made of Slavery in the Ottoman Empire and its demise,1800-1909. He is also co-editor of two volumes on the Middle East, namely Histories of the Modern Middle East. New Directions (with Israel Gershoni & Ursula Woköck) and Middle East Historiographies. Narrating the Twentieth Century (with Israel Gershoni & Amy Singer). He authored two books in Turkish, Tarih-Lenk, 2008 (a work on historical criticism) and Torosyan’ın Acayip Hikâyesi, 2012 (a work on a purported World War I memoir). He is also the author of three novels in Turkish.