The Fall of Constantinople Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

The Fall of Constantinople
An analysis of the fall of Constantinople in 1453 and its impact on the Byzantines.
# 38233 | 4,400 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2002 | US

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This paper demonstrates how the Ottomans' capture of Constantinople in 1453 was a historical turning-point. The paper then argues that the Christians fared better under the Sultans than they would have under the Latin West; the Byzantines now found themselves in an atmosphere of ultimate religious freedom. The paper also points out that the Byzantium empire did not come to an end; it re-emerged in Moscow, which had become the new Rome.

From the Paper:

"The Ottoman advance into Europe began in the late 14th century and ultimately ended with Constantinople's capture in 1453. In that year, the Ottoman army took over the capital of the Byzantium empire and started a new historical era. To be sure, Ottoman strength and the enlargement of its territory was ultimately too much for the Byzantines to handle. Constantinople's strength was wrought by internal strife, constant threats from the Ottomans, and the callous abandonment by the Latin West. As a result, the Byzantines were entrenched and beleaguered. The defeat of Constantinople by the Ottoman Sultans, therefore, was truly inevitable. At the same time, the fact remains that the Ottomans allowed religious freedom to their Christian victims after their defeat.
"In examining the fall of Constantinople, it is important to begin by emphasizing that the West was, to a degree, responsible for the defeat of the city. In many respects, the West betrayed the Byzantines by its intransigence. Having said that, however, it is crucial to emphasize that the victory of the Turks did not necessarily mean great catastrophe for the Christians who were left behind. Indeed, historical evidence suggests that Christians had treated their adversaries much worse."

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