Ottoman Empire Research Paper by The Research Group

Ottoman Empire
Background, rise & fall of empire from 13th Cent. to 19th Cent. Politics, war and culture.
# 13637 | 2,475 words | 8 sources | 1999 | US
Published on Jun 29, 2003 in History (European) , History (Middle Eastern)

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"The history of the Ottoman Empire is marked by the pursuit of traditional Islamic ideals of conquest combined with the development of an efficient centralized state capable of supporting extensive conquest and managing the administration of the empire. The gazi ethos that drove the early conquest of Anatolia and, eventually, Constantinople reached a plateau following the so-called Golden Age of S?leyman I (r. 1520-66) and subsequently faded in importance as the consolidated imperial state faced new kinds of political and economic challenges. In the course of building their vast empire the Ottomans had also developed a unique variant of Islamic society in which the state was the dominant institution. The institutions of the Ottoman state were drawn from several models and served the needs of the centralized state extremely well. But, like the gazi ideology..."

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