Development of the Ottoman maritime technology in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries

Hergül, İlyas Can
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Citation Formats
İ. C. Hergül, “Development of the Ottoman maritime technology in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries,” Thesis (M.S.) -- Graduate School of Social Sciences. History., Middle East Technical University, 2019.