This text studies the Ottoman Empire from the fall of Constantinople to the decline of the Ottoman's power, taking a thematic approach. It examines the social and economic conditions behind the empire's expansion and uses contemporary sources to consider the European view of the empire.
This text covers the events in the Ottoman Empire from the fall of Constantinople to the decline of the Ottoman's power, taking a thematic approach. It examines the social and economic conditions behind the empire's expansion during the 15th and 16th centuries, focusing in particular on the achievements of Mehmet the Conqueror and Suleiman the Magnificent. Using contemporary sources, it considers both the European view of the empire and the impact of Europe on the Ottoman world. The text is part of the "Access to History" series, which provides concise and readable introductions to major topics and periods in European and British history. Study guides for students are included in each chapter.
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Part 1 The Ottoman Empire in the mid-15th century: the fall of Constantinople; beginnings of the Ottoman state; Ottomans and Turks; the empire develops; study guides. Part 2 The empire expands 1450-1566: Mehmed the Conqueror; Bayazid II; Selim I; Suleiman the Magnificent; study guides. Part 3 Reasons for Ottoman success 1450-1566 - the sultans: the succession; Mehmed the Conqueror; Suleiman the Magnificent; study guides. Part 4 Reasons for Ottoman success 1450-1566 - the organization of the state: the Devshirme; the Janissaries; the Timar system and the feudal Sipahis; social structure; the ruling class; the economy; the enemy; study guides. Part 5 The empire continues 1566-1700: Suleiman's successors; the 17th century; the beginning of decline; study guides. Part 6 Reasons for the decline of the Ottoman Empire: the date of the decline; Ottoman views on the reasons for decline; causes of decline; advice on reform from contemporary Ottoman writers; the Koprulu era; the decline - was it rapid, continuous and inevitable?; study guides. Part 7 The empire observed: contemporary Western accounts; contemporary Ottoman accounts; study guides. Part 8 The impact of the Ottoman Empire on Europe: the great fear; influence of the Ottomans on the Balkans; conflict with Venice; breakout to the West; European politics; the impact of Europe on the Ottoman Empire; study guides.
The Ottoman Empire: 1450-1700 by Andrina Stiles
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