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Devlet-i Âliye-yi Osmâniyye
Sublime Ottoman State

 

 

1299–1923
Flag Coat of arms
Motto
دولت ابد مدت
Devlet-i Ebed-müddet
(The Eternal State)
Anthem
Ottoman imperial anthem
Ottoman territories acquired between 1300 and 1683 (See: list of territories)
Capital Söğüt (1302–1326)
Bursa (1326–1365)
Edirne (1365–1453)
Constantinople (1453–1922)[1][2]
Religion Sunni Islam
Government Monarchy
Sultans
 - 1299–1326 (first) Osman I
 - 1918–22 (last) Mehmed VI
Grand Viziers
 - 1320–31 (first) Alaeddin Pasha
 - 1920–22 (last) Ahmed Tevfik Pasha
History
 - Founded 1299
 - Interregnum 1402–1413
 - Ottoman–Habsburg wars 1526–1791
 - 1. Constitutional 1876–1879
 - 2. Constitutional 1908–1918
 - Treaty of Lausanne[3] July 24, 1923
Area
 - 1689 5,200,000 km2 (2,007,731 sq mi)
Population
 - 1856 est. 35,350,000 
 - 1906 est. 20,884,000 
 - 1914 est. 18,520,000 
 - 1919 est. 14,629,000 
Currency Akche, Kurush, Lira, Sultani
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Seljuk Sultanate of Rûm
Byzantine Empire
Mamluk Sultanate (Cairo)
Turkey
Hellenic Republic
Kingdom of Egypt
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Serbia
Albania
Romania
Bulgaria
British Cyprus
British Mesopotamia
British Palestine
French Algeria
French Tunisia
French Syria
Italian North Africa
Timeline of the Ottoman Empire
History of the Ottoman Empire
Coat of Arms of the Ottoman Empire
This article is part of a series
Rise (1299–1453)
Interregnum
Growth (1453–1683)
Stagnation (1683–1827)
Köprülü era
Sultanate of Women
Tulip period
Decline (1828–1908)
Tanzimat era
1st Constitutional Era
Dissolution (1908–1922)
2nd Constitutional Era
Partition

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.The Ottoman Empire or Ottoman State (Ottoman Turkish: دولتْ علیّه عثمانیّه Devlet-i Âliye-yi Osmâniyye,[4] Modern Turkish: Osmanlı İmparatorluğu or Osmanlı Devleti), also known by its contemporaries as the Turkish Empire or Turkey (see the other names of the Ottoman State), was an Islamic empire that lasted from 1299 to November 1, 1922[5] (as an imperial monarchy) or July 24, 1923[6] (de jure, as a state).^ His reputation has also been burnished by the medieval Turkish story known as "Osman's Dream", a foundation myth in which the young Osman was inspired to conquest by a prescient vision of empire.
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It was succeeded by the Republic of Turkey,[7] which was officially proclaimed on October 29, 1923.
.At the height of its power (16th–17th centuries), the empire spanned three continents, controlling much of Southeastern Europe, Western Asia and North Africa.^ In the beginning, they were selected from single Turkish males of Asia Minor; but after the 16th century, males living near the borders were also enlisted as Azaps.
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[8] .The Ottoman Empire contained 29 provinces and numerous vassal states, some of which were later absorbed into the empire, while others gained various types of autonomy during the course of centuries.^ Services: Purpose: Promote the collection and study of the postage stamps, postal stationery, revenues and postal history of the Ottoman Empire, Republic of Turkey, and Ottoman successor states.

.The empire also temporarily gained authority over distant overseas lands through declarations of allegiance to the Ottoman Sultan and Caliph, such as the declaration by the Sultan of Aceh in 1565; or through the temporary acquisitions of islands in the Atlantic Ocean, such as Lanzarote (1585).^ The empire controlled nearly all of the former Byzantine lands, the Greeks gained a temporary reprieve when Timur Lenk invaded Anatolia in 1402 , taking Sultan Bayezid I prisoner.
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The empire was at the centre of interactions between the Eastern and Western worlds for six centuries. .With Constantinople as its capital city,[10][11] and control of extensive lands around the eastern Mediterranean during the reign of Suleyman the Magnificent (ruled 1520 to 1566), the Ottoman Empire was, in many respects, an Islamic successor to the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire.^ Services: Purpose: Promote the collection and study of the postage stamps, postal stationery, revenues and postal history of the Ottoman Empire, Republic of Turkey, and Ottoman successor states.

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Contents

History

Rise (1299–1453)

With the demise of the Seljuk Sultanate of Rūm (circa 1300), Turkish Anatolia was divided into a patchwork of independent states, the so-called Ghazi emirates. .By 1300, a weakened Byzantine Empire had lost most of its Anatolian provinces to ten Ghazi principalities.^ By 1300 , a weakened Byzantium had seen most of its Anatolian provinces lost among some ten Ghazi principalities .
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One of the Ghazi emirates was led by Osman I (from which the name Ottoman is derived), son of Ertuğrul, in the region of Eskişehir in western Anatolia. Osman I extended the frontiers of Ottoman settlement toward the edge of the Byzantine Empire. He moved the Ottoman capital to Bursa, and shaped the early political development of the nation. .Given the nickname "Kara" (which means "black" in modern Turkish, but alternatively meant "brave" or "strong" in old Turkish) for his courage,[13] Osman I was admired as a strong and dynamic ruler long after his death.^ Given the nickname "Kara" (Turkish for black) for his courage, Osman I was admired as a strong and dynamic ruler long after his death, as evident in the centuries-old Turkish phrase, "May he be as good as Osman."
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^ [Turkish= msellemler] -Crackers' -in Turkish Deliler- (For their fearless and brave efforts in the first line of battle, and with their frightening animal clothes, the crackers name had been given.
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^ Following Ertuğrul's death in 1281, Osman became chief, or Bey, and by 1299 declared himself a sovereign ruler from the Seljuk empire .
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This is shown by the centuries-old Turkish phrase, "May he be as good as Osman."
His reputation was burnished by the medieval Turkish story known as "Osman's Dream". In this foundation myth, the young Osman was inspired to conquest by a prescient vision of empire (according to his dream, the empire is a big tree whose roots spread through three continents and whose branches cover the sky). In this period, a formal Ottoman government was created whose institutions would change drastically over the life of the empire. The government used the legal entity known as the millet, under which religious and ethnic minorities were allowed to manage their own affairs with substantial independence from central control.
The Battle of Nicopolis in 1396.
.In the century after the death of Osman I, Ottoman rule began to extend over the Eastern Mediterranean and the Balkans.^ In the century after the death of Osman I , Ottoman rule began to extend over the Eastern Mediterranean and the Balkans.
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^ Osman I extended the frontiers of Ottoman settlement towards the edge of the Byzantine Empire.
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The important city of Thessaloniki was captured from the Venetians in 1387. The Turkish victory at the Battle of Kosovo in 1389 effectively marked the end of Serbian power in the region, paving the way for Ottoman expansion into Europe. .The Battle of Nicopolis in 1396, widely regarded as the last large-scale crusade of the Middle Ages, failed to stop the advance of the victorious Ottomans.^ After defeat in Battle of Plocnik, the Turkish victory at the Battle of Kosovo effectively marked the end of Serbian power in the region, and paved the way for Ottoman expansion into Europe.
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.With the extension of Turkish dominion into the Balkans, the strategic conquest of Constantinople became a crucial objective.^ With the extension of Turkish dominion into the Balkans, the strategic conquest of Constantinople became a crucial objective.
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.The Empire controlled nearly all of the former Byzantine lands surrounding the city, but the Byzantines were temporarily relieved when Tamerlane invaded Anatolia in the Battle of Ankara in 1402. He took Sultan Bayezid I as a prisoner.^ The empire controlled nearly all of the former Byzantine lands, the Greeks gained a temporary reprieve when Timur Lenk invaded Anatolia in 1402 , taking Sultan Bayezid I prisoner.
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Part of the Ottoman territories in the Balkans (such as Thessaloniki, Macedonia and Kosovo) were temporarily lost after 1402, but were later recovered by Murad II between the 1430s and 1450s.
The capture of Bayezid I threw the Turks into disorder. The state fell into a civil war which lasted from 1402 to 1413, as Bayezid's sons fought over succession. It ended when Mehmed I emerged as the sultan and restored Ottoman power, bringing an end to the Interregnum. His grandson, Mehmed the Conqueror, reorganized the state and the military, and demonstrated his martial prowess by capturing Constantinople on May 29, 1453, at the age of 21.
Mehmed II made the city the new capital of the Ottoman Empire, and he assumed the title of Kayser-i Rûm (Roman Emperor). But, Greeks and western European peoples did not recognize this title. The Russian Tsars also claimed to be the successors to the eastern imperial title. To consolidate his claim, Mehmed II wanted to gain control over the Western capital, Rome, and Ottoman forces occupied parts of the Italian peninsula They started with the invasion of Otranto and Apulia on July 28, 1480. After Mehmed II's death on May 3, 1481, the campaign in Italy was cancelled and Ottoman forces retreated.

Growth (1453–1683)

.This period in Ottoman history can roughly be divided into two distinct eras: an era of territorial, economic, and cultural growth prior to 1566, followed by an era of relative military and political stagnation.^ Main article: Growth of the Ottoman Empire This period in Ottoman history can roughly be divided into two distinct eras: an era of territorial, economic, and cultural growth prior to 1566, followed by an era of relative military and political stagnation.
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^ There are two reasonably distinct periods in this era.
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^ Ottoman Empire, 1299–1683 This period in Ottoman history can roughly be divided into two distinct eras: a golden era of territorial, economic, and cultural growth prior to 1566, followed by an era of relative military and political stagnation.

Expansion and apogee (1453–1566)

.The Ottoman conquest of Constantinople in 1453 cemented the status of the Empire as the preeminent power in southeastern Europe and the eastern Mediterranean.^ After defeat in Battle of Plocnik, the Turkish victory at the Battle of Kosovo effectively marked the end of Serbian power in the region, and paved the way for Ottoman expansion into Europe.
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^ In the century after the death of Osman I , Ottoman rule began to extend over the Eastern Mediterranean and the Balkans.
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During this time, the Ottoman Empire entered a long period of conquest and expansion, extending its borders deep into Europe and North Africa. Conquests on land were driven by the discipline and innovation of the Ottoman military; and on the sea, the Ottoman navy aided this expansion significantly. The navy also contested and protected key seagoing trade routes, in competition with the Italian city states in the Black Sea, Aegean and Mediterranean seas and the Portuguese in the Red Sea and Indian Ocean. The state also flourished economically thanks to its control of the major overland trade routes between Europe and Asia.[14] This lock-hold on trade between western Europe and Asia is frequently cited as a primary motivational factor for Isabella I of Castile to fund Christopher Columbus's westward journey to find a sailing route to Asia.
.The Empire prospered under the rule of a line of committed and effective sultans.^ The Empire prospered under the rule of a series of committed and effecitve sultans, culminating in the rule of Süleyman I (the Magnificent) .

^ The Empire prospered under the rule of a line of committed and effective sultans.
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^ Converted at an early stage of their history to the Muslim faith, they propagated it wherever they went, and, under the leadership of the Sultans of the Seljuk dynasty, they established themselves in Konia, and advanced their rule to the gates of the Byzantine Empire.
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Sultan Selim I (1512–1520) dramatically expanded the Empire's eastern and southern frontiers by defeating Shah Ismail of Safavid Persia, in the Battle of Chaldiran.[15] Selim I established Ottoman rule in Egypt, and created a naval presence on the Red Sea. .After this Ottoman expansion, a competition started between the Portuguese Empire and the Ottoman Empire to become the dominant power in the region.^ After defeat in Battle of Plocnik, the Turkish victory at the Battle of Kosovo effectively marked the end of Serbian power in the region, and paved the way for Ottoman expansion into Europe.
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Selim's successor, Suleiman the Magnificent (1520–1566), further expanded upon Selim's conquests. After capturing Belgrade in 1521, Suleiman conquered the southern and central parts of the Kingdom of Hungary. (The western, northern and northeastern parts remained independent.)[17][18] After his victory in the Battle of Mohács in 1526, he established Ottoman rule in the territory of present-day Hungary (except the western part) and other Central European territories, (See also: Ottoman–Hungarian Wars). He then laid siege to Vienna in 1529, but failed to take the city after the onset of winter forced his retreat.[19] In 1532, he made another attack on Vienna with an army thought to be over 250,000 strong, but was repulsed 97 kilometres (60 mi) south of the city at the fortress of Güns.
After further advances by the Ottomans in 1543, the Habsburg ruler Ferdinand officially recognised Ottoman ascendancy in Hungary in 1547. During the reign of Suleiman, Transylvania, Wallachia and, intermittently, Moldavia, became tributary principalities of the Ottoman Empire. In the east, the Ottomans took Baghdad from the Persians in 1535, gaining control of Mesopotamia and naval access to the Persian Gulf. By the end of Suleiman's reign, the Empire's population totaled about 15,000,000 people.[20]
Battle of Mohács (1526) and the Ottoman conquest of Hungary.
Barbarossa Hayreddin Pasha defeated the Holy League of Charles V under the command of Andrea Doria at the Battle of Preveza in 1538 (painted 1866).
Under Selim and Suleiman, the Empire became a dominant naval force, controlling much of the Mediterranean Sea.[21] The exploits of the Ottoman admiral Barbarossa Hayreddin Pasha, who commanded the Ottoman Navy during Suleiman's reign, led to a number of military victories over Christian navies. .Among these were the conquest of Tunis and Algeria from Spain; the evacuation of Muslims and Jews from Spain to the safety of Ottoman lands (particularly Salonica, Cyprus, and Constantinople) during the Spanish Inquisition; and the capture of Nice from the Holy Roman Empire in 1543. This last conquest occurred on behalf of France as a joint venture between the forces of the French king Francis I and those of Barbarossa.^ Holy Roman Empire .
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[22] France and the Ottoman Empire, united by mutual opposition to Habsburg rule in both Southern and Central Europe, became strong allies during this period. The alliance was economic and military, as the sultans granted France the right of trade within the Empire without levy of taxation. By this time, the Ottoman Empire was a significant and accepted part of the European political sphere. It made a military alliance with France, the Kingdom of England and the Dutch Republic against Habsburg Spain, Italy and Habsburg Austria.
.As the 16th century progressed, Ottoman naval superiority was challenged by the growing sea powers of western Europe, particularly Portugal, in the Persian Gulf, Indian Ocean and the Spice Islands.^ After defeat in Battle of Plocnik, the Turkish victory at the Battle of Kosovo effectively marked the end of Serbian power in the region, and paved the way for Ottoman expansion into Europe.
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.With the Ottomans blockading sea-lanes to the East and South, the European powers were driven to find another way to the ancient silk and spice routes, now under Ottoman control.^ With the Ottomans blockading sea lanes to the East and South, the European powers were driven to find another way to the ancient Silk and Spice routes, now under absolute Ottoman control.
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^ With the Ottomans blockading sea-lanes to the East and South, the European powers were driven to find another way to the ancient silk and spice routes, now under Ottoman control.
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^ The Ottomans were able to keep control of the Red Sea route, but European trade with the East grew and Muslim trade stagnated.

On land, the Empire was preoccupied by military campaigns in Austria and Persia, two widely separated theatres of war. The strain of these conflicts on the Empire's resources, and the logistics of maintaining lines of supply and communication across such vast distances, ultimately rendered its sea efforts unsustainable and unsuccessful. The overriding military need for defence on the western and eastern frontiers of the Empire eventually made effective long-term engagement on a global scale impossible.

Revolts and revival (1566–1683)

.The effective military and bureaucratic structures of the previous century also came under strain during a protracted period of misrule by weak Sultans.^ The effective military and bureaucratic structures of the previous century also came under strain during a protracted period of misrule by weak Sultans.
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^ In the second period after Suleiman's death, these structures were put under strain by diminishing territorial gains, economic difficulties and a protracted period of weak Sultans.
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^ The Sultans of this era were committed and effective leaders, and under their guidance innovative and disciplined military, social and bureaucratic structures were established.
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.But in spite of these difficulties, the Empire remained a major expansionist power until the Battle of Vienna in 1683, which marked the end of Ottoman expansion into Europe.^ After defeat in Battle of Plocnik, the Turkish victory at the Battle of Kosovo effectively marked the end of Serbian power in the region, and paved the way for Ottoman expansion into Europe.
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European states initiated efforts at this time to curb Ottoman control of overland trade routes[citation needed]. .Western European states began to circumvent the Ottoman trade monopoly by establishing their own naval routes to Asia.^ Disruption of established trade routes and European search for new ones .
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^ A number of western European states began to circumvent the Turkish trade monopoly by establishing their own naval routes to Asia.

^ Western European states began to circumvent the Ottoman trade monopoly by establishing their own naval routes to Asia.
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.Economically, the huge influx of Spanish silver from the New World caused a sharp devaluation of the Ottoman currency and rampant inflation.^ Economically, the huge in-pouring of Spanish silver from the New World caused a sharp devaluation of the Ottoman currency and rampant inflation.
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^ Economically, the huge influx of Spanish silver from the New World caused a sharp devaluation of the Ottoman currency and rampant inflation.
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^ This huge financial strain turned into a profound financial crisis as a result of inflation caused by the influx of silver from the New World.

.This had serious negative consequences at all levels of Ottoman society.^ This had serious negative consequences at all levels of Ottoman society.
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^ This had serious negative consequences across all strata of Ottoman society, being manifest in Janissary revolts that toppled Sultans and ministers and widespread lawlessness and rebellion in Anatolia in the late 16th and early 17th centuries, commonly known as the Celalî rebellions.
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^ First, all these challenges pushed the Ottomans into a new series of reforms directed towards centralization and Westernization.

.The expansion of Muscovite Russia under Ivan IV (1533–1584) into the Volga and Caspian region at the expense of the Tatar khanates disrupted the northern pilgrimage and trade routes.^ After defeat in Battle of Plocnik, the Turkish victory at the Battle of Kosovo effectively marked the end of Serbian power in the region, and paved the way for Ottoman expansion into Europe.
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A highly ambitious plan to counter this conceived by Sokullu Mehmet Pasha, Grand Vizier under Selim II, in the shape of a Don-Volga canal (begun June 1569), combined with an attack on Astrakhan, failed, the canal being abandoned with the onset of winter. Henceforth the Empire returned to its existing strategy of utilising the Crimean Khanate as its bulwark against Russia.[23] In 1571, the Crimean khan Devlet I Giray, supported by the Ottomans, burned Moscow.[24] The next year, the invasion was repeated but repelled at the Battle of Molodi. .The Crimean Khanate continued to invade Eastern Europe in a series of slave raids,[25] and remained a significant power in Eastern Europe and a threat to Muscovite Russia in particular until the end of the 17th century.^ After defeat in Battle of Plocnik, the Turkish victory at the Battle of Kosovo effectively marked the end of Serbian power in the region, and paved the way for Ottoman expansion into Europe.
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[26]
.In southern Europe, a coalition of Catholic powers, led by Philip II of Spain, formed an alliance to challenge Ottoman naval strength in the Mediterranean Sea.^ After defeat in Battle of Plocnik, the Turkish victory at the Battle of Kosovo effectively marked the end of Serbian power in the region, and paved the way for Ottoman expansion into Europe.
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.Their victory over the Ottoman fleet at the Battle of Lepanto (1571) was a startling blow to the image of Ottoman invincibility.^ After defeat in Battle of Plocnik, the Turkish victory at the Battle of Kosovo effectively marked the end of Serbian power in the region, and paved the way for Ottoman expansion into Europe.
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.However, historians today stress the symbolic rather than the strictly military significance of the battle, for within six months of the defeat a new Ottoman fleet of some 250 sail including eight modern galleasses[27] had been built, with the harbours of Constantinople turning out a new ship every day at the height of the construction.^ After defeat in Battle of Plocnik, the Turkish victory at the Battle of Kosovo effectively marked the end of Serbian power in the region, and paved the way for Ottoman expansion into Europe.
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.In discussions with a Venetian minister, the Turkish Grand Vizier commented: "In capturing Cyprus from you, we have cut off one of your arms; in defeating our fleet you have merely shaved off our beard".[27] The Ottoman naval recovery persuaded Venice to sign a peace treaty in 1573, and the Ottomans were able to expand and consolidate their position in North Africa.^ Originally Posted by tzar Like I said, if you can help as with those dates and I would like to hear your opinion about our unit roster.
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^ About Seljuk's we don't need nothing because they are not in timefreame of Mod but if you know otttoman history very good we would like to hear your comments on our unit roster.
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^ Like I said, if you can help as with those dates and I would like to hear your opinion about our unit roster.
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[28]
The Battle of Keresztes (1596) was part of the Long War (1593–1606) between the Ottoman and Habsburg empires which ended with Ottoman victory, resulting in the Peace of Zsitvatorok in 1606.
By contrast, the Habsburg frontier had settled into a more or less permanent border, marked only by relatively minor battles concentrating on the possession of individual fortresses. The stalemate was brought about by a stiffening of the Hapsburg defenses[29] and also reflected simple geographical limits: in the pre-mechanized age, Vienna marked the furthest point that an Ottoman army could march from Constantinople during the early-spring to late-autumn campaigning season. .It also reflected the difficulties imposed on the Empire by the need to maintain two separate fronts: one against the Austrians (see: Ottoman wars in Europe), and the other against a rival Islamic state, the Safavids of Persia (see: Ottoman wars in Near East).^ Ottoman and Near East Philatelic Society  (APS# AF0247) Journal: The Levant; 3 issue per year.

On the battlefield, the Ottomans gradually fell behind the Europeans in military technology as the innovation which fed the Empire's forceful expansion became stifled by growing religious and intellectual conservatism.[30] Changes in European military tactics and weaponry in the military revolution caused the once-feared Sipahi cavalry to lose military relevance. The Long War against Habsburg Austria (1593–1606) created the need for greater numbers of infantry equipped with firearms. This resulted in a relaxation of recruitment policy and a significant growth in Janissary corps numbers. This contributed to problems of indiscipline, lack of effectiveness, and outright rebelliousness within the corps, which the government wrestled with but never fully solved during (and beyond) this whole period. The development of pike and shot and later linear tactics with increased use of firearms by Europeans proved deadly against the massed infantry in close formation used by the Ottomans. Irregular sharpshooters (Sekban) were also recruited for the same reasons and on demobilisation turned to brigandage in the Jelali revolts (1595–1610) which engendered widespread anarchy in Anatolia in the late 16th and early 17th centuries.[31] With the Empire's population reaching 30,000,000 people by 1600, shortage of land placed further pressure on the government.[32]
.However, the 17th century was not simply an era of stagnation and decline, but also a key period in which the Ottoman state and its structures began to adapt to new pressures and new realities, internal and external.^ Ottoman power began to decline in the late 16th century.
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^ Why did the Ottoman state decline?
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Battle between the English frigate HMS Mary Rose and seven Algerine pirates, 1669. 160 British ships were captured by Algerians between 1677 and 1680 alone.[33]
The Sultanate of women (1648–1656) was a period in which the political influence of the Imperial Harem was dominant, as the mothers of young sultans exercised power on behalf of their sons. .This was not wholly unprecedented; Hürrem Sultan, who established herself in the early 1530s as the successor of Nurbanu, the first Valide Sultan, was described by the Venetian Baylo Andrea Giritti as "a woman of the utmost goodness, courage and wisdom" despite the fact that she "thwarted some while rewarding others".[34] But the inadequacy of Ibrahim I (1640–1648) and the minority accession of Mohammed IV in 1646 created a significant crisis of rule which the dominant women of the Imperial Harem filled.^ The troops he supported happened to be those of a Seljuk Sultan who rewarded him with territory in Eskişehir .
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[35] The most prominent women of this period were Kösem Sultan and her daughter-in-law Turhan Hatice, whose political rivalry culminated in Kösem's murder in 1651.
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This period gave way to the highly significant Köprülü Era (1656–1703), during which effective control of the Empire was exercised by a sequence of Grand Viziers from the Köprülü family. On September 15, 1656 the octogenarian Köprülü Mehmed Pasha accepted the seals of office having received guarantees from the Valide Turhan Hatice of unprecedented authority and freedom from interference. A fierce conservative disciplinarian, he successfully reasserted the central authority and the empire's military impetus. This continued under his son and successor Köprülü Fazıl Ahmed (Grand Vizier 1661–1676).[36] The Köprülü Vizierate saw renewed military success with authority restored in Transylvania, the conquest of Crete completed in 1669 and expansion into Polish southern Ukraine, with the strongholds of Khotin and Kamianets-Podilskyi and the territory of Podolia ceding to Ottoman control in 1676.[37]
This period of renewed assertiveness came to a calamitous end when Grand Vizier Kara Mustafa Pasha in May 1683 led a huge army to attempt a second Ottoman siege of Vienna. The final assault being fatally delayed, the Ottoman forces were swept away by allied Habsburg, German and Polish forces spearheaded by the Polish king Jan Sobieski[38] at the Battle of Vienna.
The alliance of the Holy League pressed home the advantage of the defeat at Vienna and 15 years of see-sawing warfare culminated in the epochal Treaty of Karlowitz (January 26, 1699) which ended the Great Turkish War and for the first time saw the Ottoman Empire surrender control of significant European territories (many permanently), including Ottoman Hungary.[39] The Empire had reached the end of its ability to effectively conduct an assertive, expansionist policy against its European rivals and it was to be forced from this point to adopt an essentially defensive strategy within this theatre.
Only two Sultans in this period personally exercised strong political and military control of the Empire: the vigorous Murad IV (1612–1640) recaptured Yerevan (1635) and Baghdad (1639) from the Safavids and reasserted central authority, albeit during a brief majority reign.[40] Mustafa II (1695–1703) led the Ottoman counter attack of 1695–6 against the Habsburgs in Hungary, but was undone at the disastrous defeat at Zenta (September 11, 1697).[41]

Stagnation and reform (1683–1827)

King Charles XII of Sweden fled to the Ottoman Empire following his defeat against the Russians at the Battle of Poltava in 1709. A guest at the Topkapı Palace for nearly five years, he persuaded the Ottoman Sultan Ahmed III to declare war on Russia, which resulted in the Russo-Turkish War of 1710–1711 that ended with an Ottoman victory.
During this period much territory in the Balkans was ceded to Austria. Certain areas of the Empire, such as Egypt and Algeria, became independent in all but name, and subsequently came under the influence of Britain and France. In the 18th century, centralized authority gave way to varying degrees of provincial autonomy enjoyed by local governors and leaders. A series of wars were fought between the Russian and Ottoman empires from the 18th to the 19th century.
.The long period of Ottoman stagnation is typically characterized by historians as an era of failed reforms.^ The long period of Ottoman decline is typically broken by historians into an era of failed reforms and a subsequent era of modern times.
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^ The long period of Ottoman decline is typically broken by historians into an era of failed reforms and a subsequent era of modernization.

^ The Tulip Era from 1718 to 1730 was a relatively peaceful period in which the Ottoman Empire oriented itself more towards Europe.
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In the latter part of this period there were educational and technological reforms, including the establishment of higher education institutions such as Istanbul Technical University. Ottoman science and technology had been highly regarded in medieval times, as a result of Ottoman scholars' synthesis of classical learning with Islamic philosophy and mathematics, and knowledge of such Chinese advances in technology as gunpowder and the magnetic compass. .By this period though the influences had become regressive and conservative.^ By this period though the influences had become regressive and conservative.
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The guilds of writers denounced the printing press as "the Devil's Invention", and were responsible for a 43-year lag between its invention by Johannes Gutenberg in Europe in 1450 and its introduction to the Ottoman society with the Gutenberg press in Constantinople that was established by the Sephardic Jews of Spain in 1493. Sephardic Jews migrated to the Ottoman Empire as they escaped from the Spanish Inquisition of 1492.
The Tulip Era (or Lâle Devri in Turkish), named for Sultan Ahmed III's love of the tulip flower and its use to symbolize his peaceful reign, the Empire's policy towards Europe underwent a shift. The region was peaceful between 1718 and 1730, after the Ottoman victory against Russia in the Pruth Campaign (Great Northern War) in 1711 and the subsequent Treaty of Passarowitz brought a period of pause in warfare. The Empire began to improve the fortifications of cities bordering the Balkans to act as a defence against European expansionism. Other tentative reforms were also enacted: taxes were lowered, there were attempts to improve the image of the Ottoman state, and the first instances of private investment and entrepreneurship occurred.
Ottoman military reform efforts begin with Selim III (1789–1807) who made the first major attempts to modernize the army along European lines. These efforts, however, were hampered by reactionary movements, partly from the religious leadership, but primarily from the Janissary corps, who had become anarchic and ineffectual. Jealous of their privileges and firmly opposed to change, they created a Janissary revolt. Selim's efforts cost him his throne and his life, but were resolved in spectacular and bloody fashion by his successor, the dynamic Mahmud II, who massacred the Janissary corps in 1826.
Serbia gained its autonomy from the Ottoman Empire in two uprisings in 1804 (led by Đorđe Petrović – Karađorđe) and 1815 (led by Miloš Obrenović), although Turkish troops continued to garrison the capital, Belgrade, until 1867.[42] In 1821, the Greeks were the first to declare war to the Sultan. Through the rebellion that originated in Moldavia, as a diversion, and followed by the main revolution in the Peloponnese, the latter, along with the northern part of the Gulf of Corinth became the first parts of the Ottoman empire to be completely liberated, in 1829. Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania and Montenegro followed in the 1870s.

Decline and modernization (1828–1908)

During this period, the Empire faced challenges in defending itself against foreign invasion and occupation. The Empire ceased to enter conflicts on its own and began to forge alliances with European countries such as France, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and Russia. As an example, in the 1853 Crimean War, the Ottomans united with the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, the Second French Empire, and the Kingdom of Sardinia against the Russian Empire.
The Crimean War caused an exodus of the Crimean Tatars. From the total Tatar population of 300,000 in the Tauride Province, about 200,000 Crimean Tatars moved to the Ottoman Empire in continuing waves of emigration.[43] Toward the end of the Caucasian Wars, many Circassians fled their homelands in the Caucasus and settled in the Ottoman Empire. .Since the 19th century, the exodus to present-day Turkey by the large portion of Muslim peoples from the Balkans, Caucasus, Crimea and Crete,[44] had great influence in molding the country's fundamental features.^ The society features auctions, sales, translations, slide presentations, an advance bulletin service and 16 chapters around the country, as well as nine study units.

These people were called Muhacir under a general definition.[45]
Mahmud II started the modernization of Turkey with the Edict of Tanzimat in 1839, instituting European-style clothing, uniforms, weapons, agricultural and industrial innovations, architecture, education, legislation, institutional organization and land reform.
During the Tanzimat period (from Arabic Tanzîmât, meaning "reorganization") (1839–1876), the government's series of constitutional reforms led to a fairly modern conscripted army, banking system reforms, and the replacement of guilds with modern factories. In 1856, the Hatt-ı Hümayun promised equality for all Ottoman citizens regardless of their ethnicity and religious confession. He thus widened the scope of the 1839 Hatt-ı Şerif of Gülhane. .The Christian millets gained privileges, such as in the Armenian National Constitution (Ottoman Turkish: Nizâmnâme-i Millet-i Ermeniyân) of 1863. This Divan-approved form of the Code of Regulations consisted of 150 articles drafted by the Armenian intelligentsia.^ Austria Philatelic Society (US) The Austria Philatelic Society (US) was formed in October 2000 and consists of about 150 colelctors who are interested in Austrian philately.

Another institution was the newly formed Armenian National Assembly.[46]
The reformist period peaked with the Constitution, called the Kanûn-ı Esâsî (meaning "Basic Law" in Ottoman Turkish), written by members of the Young Ottomans, which was promulgated on November 23, 1876. It established the freedom of belief and equality of all citizens before the law. The Empire's First Constitutional era (or Birinci Meşrûtiyet Devri in Turkish), was short-lived. But the idea of Ottomanism proved influential. A group of reformers known as the Young Ottomans, primarily educated in western universities, believed that a constitutional monarchy would provide an answer to the Empire's growing social unrest. Through a military coup in 1876, they forced Sultan Abdülaziz (1861–1876) to abdicate in favour of Murad V. However, Murad V was mentally ill and was deposed within a few months. His heir-apparent, Abdülhamid II (1876–1909), was invited to assume power on the condition that he would declare a constitutional monarchy, which he did on November 23, 1876. The parliament survived for only two years before the sultan suspended it. When forced to reconvene it, he abolished the representative body instead. This ended the effectiveness of the Kanûn-ı Esâsî.
The rise of nationalism swept through many countries during the 19th century, and it affected territories within the Ottoman Empire . A burgeoning national consciousness, together with a growing sense of ethnic nationalism, made nationalistic thought one of the most significant Western ideas imported to the Ottoman empire. It was forced to deal with nationalism both within and beyond its borders. The number of revolutionary political parties rose dramatically. .Uprisings in Ottoman territory had many far-reaching consequences during the 19th century and determined much of Ottoman policy during the early 20th century.^ Uprisings in Ottoman territory had many far-reaching effects during the 19th century and determined many of the choices that the Ottoman Empire would have to make during the 20th century.
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Many Ottoman Turks questioned whether the policies of the state were to blame: some felt that the sources of ethnic conflict were external, and unrelated to issues of governance. .While this era was not without some successes, the ability of the Ottoman state to have any effect on ethnic uprisings was seriously called into question.^ While this era was not without some successes, the ability of the Ottoman state to have any effect on ethnic uprisings was seriously called into question.
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Punch cartoon from June 17, 1876. Russian Empire preparing to let slip the Balkan "Dogs of War" to attack the Ottoman Empire, while policeman John Bull (UK) warns Russia to take care. Supported by Russia, Serbia and Montenegro declared war on the Ottoman Empire the following day.
.In 1821 the First Hellenic Republic became the first Balkan country to declare its independence from the Ottoman Empire.^ Services: Purpose: Promote the collection and study of the postage stamps, postal stationery, revenues and postal history of the Ottoman Empire, Republic of Turkey, and Ottoman successor states.

It was officially recognized by the Porte in 1829, after the end of the Greek War of Independence.
The Tanzimat reforms did not halt the rise of nationalism in the Danubian Principalities and the Principality of Serbia, which had been semi-independent for almost six decades. In 1875 the tributary principalities of Serbia and Montenegro, and the United Principalities of Wallachia and Moldavia, unilaterally declared their independence from the Empire. .Following the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1878, the empire granted independence to all three belligerent nations.^ It promotes the study of the postal aspects of all wars and military actions of all nations.

Bulgaria also achieved virtual independence (as the Principality of Bulgaria); its volunteers had participated in the Russo-Turkish war on the side of the rebelling nations.
The Vilayet of Bosnia and the Sanjak of Novi Pazar were partially occupied by the forces of Austria-Hungary following the Congress of Berlin in 1878, but they nominally remained as Ottoman territories. Despite the presence of occupying Ottoman solidiers, Bosnia gained independence in the Bosnian crisis of 1908, and Novi Pazar in the First Balkan War in 1912.
The empire leased Cyprus to the British in 1878 in exchange for the UK's favours at the Congress of Berlin.
In 1882 British forces occupied Egypt on the pretext of bringing order. Egypt and Sudan remained as Ottoman provinces de jure until 1914, when the Ottoman Empire joined the Central Powers of World War I. Great Britain officially annexed these two provinces and Cyprus in response. Other Ottoman provinces in North Africa were lost between 1830 and 1912, starting with Algeria (occupied by France in 1830), Tunisia (occupied by France in 1881) and Libya (occupied by Italy in 1912.)
Although granted their own constitution and national assembly with the Tanzimat reforms, the Armenians began pressing the Ottoman government for greater autonomy after the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1878 and the Congress of Berlin in 1878.[47] A number of Armenian uprisings and attacks took place in the cities of Anatolia, leading Sultan Abdul Hamid II to establish the Hamidiye regiments in Western Armenia. These were formed mostly of irregular cavalry units of recruited Kurds.[48] From 1894–96, between 100,000 to 300,000 Armenians living throughout the empire were killed in what became known as the Hamidian massacres.[49] Armenian militants seized the Ottoman Bank headquarters in Constantinople in 1896 to bring European attention to the massacres, but they failed to gain any help.
Economically, the Empire had difficulty in repaying the Ottoman public debt to European banks, which caused the establishment of the Council of Administration of the Ottoman Public Debt. By the end of the 19th century, the main reason the Empire was not overrun by Western powers was their attempt to maintain a Balance of Power in the area. Both Austria and Russia wanted to increase their spheres of influence and territory at the expense of the Ottoman Empire, but were kept in check mostly by the United Kingdom, which feared Russian dominance in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Dissolution (1908–1922)

Public demonstration in the Sultanahmet district of Istanbul, 1908.
The Second Constitutional Era (Turkish: İkinci Meşrûtiyet Devri'') began after the Young Turk Revolution (July 3, 1908) with the sultan's announcement of the restoration of the 1876 constitution and the reconvening of the Ottoman Parliament. It marks the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire. This era is dominated by the politics of the Committee of Union and Progress (Turkish: İttihâd ve Terakkî Cemiyeti), and the movement that would become known as the Young Turks (Turkish: Jön Türkler). Profiting from the civil strife, Austria-Hungary officially annexed Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1908, but pulled its troops out of the Sanjak of Novi Pazar, another contested region between the Austrians and Ottomans, in order to avoid a war. During the Italo-Turkish War (1911–1912) in which the Ottoman Empire lost Libya, the Balkan League declared war against the Ottoman Empire, which lost its Balkan territories except East Thrace and the historic Ottoman capital city of Edirne (Adrianople) during the Balkan Wars (1912–1913). Some 400,000 Muslims, out of fear for Greek, Serbian or Bulgarian atrocities, left with the retreating Ottoman army.[50] The Baghdad Railway under German control became a source of international tension and played a role in the origins of World War I.[51]

First World War

Mustafa Kemal (Atatürk) at the trenches of Gallipoli in 1915.
The Young Turk government had signed a secret treaty establishing the Ottoman-German Alliance in August 1914, aimed against the common Russian enemy but aligning the Empire with the German side. The Ottoman Empire entered World War I after the Goeben and Breslau incident, in which it gave safe harbour to two German ships which were fleeing British ships. These ships then – after having officially been transferred to the Ottoman Navy, but effectively still under German control – attacked the Russian port of Sevastopol, thus dragging the Empire into the war on the side of the Central Powers, in which it took part in the Middle Eastern theatre. There were several important Ottoman victories in the early years of the war, such as the Battle of Gallipoli and the Siege of Kut, but there were setbacks as well, such as the disastrous Caucasus Campaign against the Russians. .The United States never declared war against the Ottoman Empire.^ Services: Purpose: Promote the collection and study of the postage stamps, postal stationery, revenues and postal history of the Ottoman Empire, Republic of Turkey, and Ottoman successor states.

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Armenia

Armenians from Kharpert being marched out under Turkish guard.
In 1915, as the Russian Army continued to advance into Eastern Anatolia with the help of four Armenian volunteer battalions from the Caucasus region of the Russian Empire, and aided by some Ottoman Armenians, the Ottoman government decided to use this as a pretext to begin their deportation of the whole of the entire Armenian population out of Anatolia, motivated by the massacres Armenians did in some regions of Anatolia against the Turkish population during their strive for independence, which was proved to be supported by the Allies of World War I.[53][54][55] Through forced marches and massacres, the Armenians living in all parts of the empire were forcibly uprooted from their ancestral homelands and sent southwards to the Ottoman provinces in Syria and Mesopotamia. Estimates vary on how many Armenians perished during the Armenian Genocide but scholars give figures ranging from 300,000(per-Turkish est.) up to 1.5 million(per-Armenian est.).[56][57]
According to the Ottoman Archives, 517,955 Muslim civilians[58][59][60][61] were massacred in this era by Armenian irregular units and Armenian revolutionary groups compromised of the Dashnaks, the Hunchaks, and the Ramgavars, in addition to the French Armenian Legion and the British and Russian backed Armenian volunteer units.[62]

Arab Revolt

The Arab Revolt which began in 1916 turned the tide against the Ottomans at the Middle Eastern front, where they initially seemed to have the upper hand during the first two years of the war. When the Armistice of Mudros was signed on October 30, 1918, the only parts of the Arabian peninsula that were still under Ottoman control were Yemen, Asir, the city of Medina, portions of northern Syria and portions of northern Iraq. These territories were handed over to the British forces on January 23, 1919. The Ottomans were also ordered to evacuate the parts of the former Russian Empire in the Caucasus (in present-day Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan) which they had gained towards the end of WWI, following Russia's retreat from the war with the Russian Revolution in 1917.

Defeat

The Empire was defeated in 1918 and did not take part in the Paris Conference that produced the Treaty of Versailles. The helpless sultan was forced in 1920 to sign the Treaty of Sèvres, by which the partitioning of the Ottoman Empire was finalized. .The new countries created from the former territories of the Ottoman Empire currently number 40 (including the disputed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.^ Services: Purpose: Promote the collection and study of the postage stamps, postal stationery, revenues and postal history of the Ottoman Empire, Republic of Turkey, and Ottoman successor states.

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The occupation of Constantinople along with the occupation of Smyrna mobilized the establishment of the Turkish national movement, which won the Turkish War of Independence (1919–1922) under the leadership of Mustafa Kemal Pasha.[63] The Sultanate was abolished on November 1, 1922, and the last sultan, Mehmed VI Vahdettin (reigned 1918–1922), left the country on November 17, 1922. The new independent Grand National Assembly of Turkey (GNA) was internationally recognized with the Treaty of Lausanne on July 24, 1923. The GNA officially declared the Republic of Turkey on October 29, 1923. The Caliphate was constitutionally abolished several months later, on March 3, 1924. The Sultan and his family were declared personae non gratae of Turkey and exiled.

Fall of the Empire

Departure of Mehmed VI, last Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, 1922.
The Fall of the Ottoman Empire can be attributed to the failure of its economic structure, with the size of the Empire creating difficulties integrating its diverse regions economically.[citation needed] Also, the Empire's communication technology was not developed enough to reach all territories. In many ways, the circumstances surrounding the Ottoman Empire's fall closely paralleled those surrounding the Decline of the Roman Empire, particularly in terms of the ongoing tensions between the Empire's different ethnic groups, and the various governments' inability to deal with these tensions. In the case of the Ottomans, the introduction of increased cultural rights, civil liberties and a parliamentary system during the Tanzimat proved too late to reverse the nationalistic and secessionist trends that had already been set in motion since the early 19th century.

Ottoman descendants during and after the exile

In 1974, descendants of the dynasty were granted the right to acquire Turkish citizenship by the Grand National Assembly, and were notified that they could apply. Mehmed Orhan, son of Prince Mehmed Abdul Kadir of the Ottoman Empire, died in 1994, leaving the grandson of Ottoman Sultan Abdulhamid II, Ertugrul Osman, as the eldest surviving member of the deposed dynasty. Osman for many years refused to carry a Turkish passport, calling himself a citizen of the Ottoman Empire. Despite this attitude, he put the matter of an Ottoman restoration to rest when he told an interviewer "no" to the question of whether or not he wished the Ottoman Empire to be restored. In fact, he was quoted as saying that "democracy works well in Turkey." He returned to Turkey in 1992 for the first time since the exile, and became a Turkish citizen with a Turkish passport in 2002.[64] On 23 September 2009, Osman died at the age of 97 in Istanbul, being the last surviving heir to the deposed Ottoman throne. At the end of the Empire, he was 4th in line to the throne as Imperial Highness Prince Shehzade Ertugrul Osman Effendi, and with his death the last of the line born under the Ottoman Empire was extinguished. In Turkey, Osman was known as "the last Ottoman".[65] Bayezid Osman, the second son of the Sultan Abdülmecid I's younger grandson, Ibrahim Tevfik, is now the current eldest surviving member of the former ruling dynasty.There is one descendent yet to have his geneology verified by Turkish government. Adnan E Gulcur Osmanli is believed to be a Turkish-American citizen and is also believed to be the youngest surviving Osmanli. [66]

Economy

Constantinople bazaar, 1851.
Ottoman government deliberately pursued a policy for the development of Bursa, Edirne (Adrianople) and Constantinople, successive Ottoman capitals, into major commercial and industrial centres, considering that merchants and artisans were indispensable in creating a new metropolis.[67] To this end, Mehmed and his successor Bayezid, also encouraged and welcomed migration of the Jews from different parts of Europe, who were settled in Constantinople and other port cities like Salonica. In many places in Europe, Jews were suffering persecution at the hands of their Christian counterparts. The tolerance displayed by the Ottomans was welcomed by the immigrants. .The Ottoman economic mind was closely related to the basic concepts of state and society in the Middle East in which the ultimate goal of a state was consolidation and extension of the ruler's power, and the way to reach it was to get rich resources of revenues by making the productive classes prosperous.^ State Revenue Society  (APS# AF0164) Journal: State Revenue News: 4 per year.

^ Ottoman and Near East Philatelic Society  (APS# AF0247) Journal: The Levant; 3 issue per year.

[68] .The ultimate aim was to increase the state revenues as much as possible without damaging the prosperity of subjects to prevent the emergence of social disorder and to keep the traditional organization of the society intact.^ The ultimate aim was to increase the state revenues as much as possible without damaging the prosperity of subjects to prevent the emergence of social disorder and to keep the traditional organization of the society intact.
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Bankalar Caddesi (Banks Street) in Galata was the financial center of the Ottoman Empire. The Ottoman Central Bank is the first building at right.
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[69] This organization developed a scribal bureaucracy (known as "men of the pen") as a distinct group, partly highly trained ulema, which developed into a professional body.[69] The effectiveness of this professional financial body stands behind the success of many great Ottoman statesmen.[70] .The economic structure of the Empire was defined by its geopolitical structure.^ The economic structure of the Empire was defined by the geopolitical structure.
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.The Ottoman Empire stood between the West and the East, thus blocking the land route eastward and forcing Spanish and Portuguese navigators to set sail in search of a new route to the Orient.^ The Ottoman Empire stood in between West and East, thus blocking the route eastward and forcing Spanish and Portuguese navigators to set out in search of a new route to the Orient.
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The Empire controlled the spice route that Marco Polo once used. When Vasco da Gama bypassed Ottoman controlled routes and established direct trade links with India in 1498, and Christopher Columbus first journeyed to the Bahamas in 1492, the Ottoman Empire was at its zenith, an economic power that extended over three continents. .Modern Ottoman studies think that the change in relations between the Ottomans and central Europe was caused by the opening of the new sea routes.^ Modern Ottoman studies think that the change in relations between the Ottomans and central Europe was caused by the opening of the new sea routes.
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^ Current Ottoman studies imply that the change in politics between Ottomans and central Europe did depend on the opening of the new sea routes.
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^ Since this region lay on the only transit route between Europe and Asia Minor, migrations, invasions, trade and cultural exchange had a profound effect on its inhabitants.
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It is possible to see the decline in the significance of the land routes to the East as Western Europe opened the ocean routes that bypassed the Middle East and Mediterranean as parallel to the decline of the Ottoman Empire itself. The Anglo-Ottoman Treaty, also known as the Treaty of Balta Liman that opened the Ottoman markets directly to English and French competitors, would be seen as one of the staging posts along this development.
By developing commercial centres and routes, encouraging people to extend the area of cultivated land in the country and international trade through its dominions, the state performed basic economic functions in the Empire. But in all this the financial and political interests of the state were dominant. Within the social and political system they were living in Ottoman administrators could not have comprehended or seen the desirability of the dynamics and principles of the capitalist and mercantile economies developing in Western Europe.[71]

State

Ambassadors at Topkapı Palace
.The state organisation of the Ottoman Empire was a very simple system that had two main dimensions: the military administration and the civil administration.^ Services: Purpose: Promote the collection and study of the postage stamps, postal stationery, revenues and postal history of the Ottoman Empire, Republic of Turkey, and Ottoman successor states.

The .Sultan was the highest position in the system.^ Sultan had the highest position in the system.
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^ Until the nineteenth century, the position of muhtasib was farmed out to the highest bidder in accordance with a widespread Ottoman tax farming system.
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The civil system was based on local administrative units based on the region's characteristics. The Ottomans practiced a system in which the state (as in the Byzantine Empire) had control over the clergy. .Certain pre-Islamic Turkish traditions that had survived the adoption of administrative and legal practices from Islamic Iran remained important in Ottoman administrative circles.^ Certain pre-Islamic Turkish traditions that had survived the adoption of administrative and legal practices from Islamic Iran continued to be important in Ottoman administrative circles.

^ Certain pre-Islamic Turkish traditions that had survived the adoption of administrative and legal practices from Islamic Iran remained important in Ottoman administrative circles.
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^ Certain pre-Islamic Turkish practices that had survived the influx of administrative and legal practices from Islamic Iran continued to be important in Ottoman administrative circles.
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[72] According to Ottoman understanding, the state's primary responsibility was to defend and extend the land of the Muslims and to ensure security and harmony within its borders within the overarching context of orthodox Islamic practice and dynastic sovereignty.[citation needed]
The "Ottoman dynasty" or, as an institution, "House of Osman" was unprecedented and unequaled in the Islamic world for its size and duration.[73] The Ottoman dynasty was ethnically Turkish in its origins, as were some of its supporters and subjects, however the dynasty immediately lost this "Turkic" identification through intermarriage with many different ethnicities.[74] .On eleven occasions, the sultan was deposed because he was perceived by his enemies as a threat to the state.^ There are, for instance, eleven incidences in which the sultan was dethroned because he was perceived as a threat to the state.
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^ On eleven occasions, the sultan was deposed because he was perceived by his enemies as a threat to the state.
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^ On occasion, the Valide Sultan would become involved in state politics and could diminish the power and position of the sultan.
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There were only two attempts in the whole of Ottoman history to unseat the ruling Osmanlı dynasty,[citation needed] both failures, which is suggestive of a political system that for an extended period was able to manage its revolutions without unnecessary instability.
The highest position in Islam, caliphate, was claimed by the sultan which was established as Ottoman Caliphate. The Ottoman sultan, pâdişâh or "lord of kings", served as the Empire's sole regent and was considered to be the embodiment of its government, though he did not always exercise complete control. The Imperial Harem was one of the most important powers of the Ottoman court. It was ruled by the Valide Sultan. .On occasion, the Valide Sultan would become involved in state politics.^ On occasion, the Valide Sultan would become involved in state politics and could diminish the power and position of the sultan.
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^ On occasion, the Valide Sultan would become involved in state politics and through her influence could diminish the power and position of the sultan.
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^ Bulgaria becomes a vassal state and, like Serbia, would remain one until 1878.
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For a period of time the women of the Harem effectively controlled the state in what was termed the "Sultanate of Women". New sultans were always chosen from among the sons of the previous sultan. The strong educational system of the palace school geared towards eliminating the unfit potential heirs, and establishing support amongst the ruling elite for a successor. .The palace schools, which would also educate the future administrators of the state, were not a single track.^ Palace schools were not a single track, but two.
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^ The strong educational system of the palace school geared towards eliminating the unfit potential heirs, and establishing support amongst the ruling elite for a succesor.
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^ A plan for comprehensive state education had been formulated in 1846, and middle schools opened the next year.
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First, the Madrasa (Ottoman Turkish: Medrese) was designated for the Muslims, and educated scholars and state officials in accordance with Islamic tradition. .The financial burden of the Medrese was supported by vakifs, allowing children of poor families to move to higher social levels and income.^ The financial burden of the Medrese was supported by vakifs, allowing children of poor families to move to higher social levels and income.
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[75] The second track was a free boarding school for the Christians, the Enderûn, which recruited 3,000 students annually from Christian boys between eight and twenty years old from one in forty families among the communities settled in Rumelia and/or the Balkans, a process known as Devshirmeh (Devşirme).[76]
Bâb-ı Âlî, the Sublime Porte
.Though the sultan was the supreme monarch, the sultan's political and executive authority was delegated.^ Main articles: Porte , Grand Vizier , and Vizier Bâb-ı Âlî , the Sublime Porte Though the sultan was the supreme monarch, the Sultans' political and executive authority was delegated to ( Viziers ).
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^ Though the sultan was the supreme monarch, he had a number of advisors and ministers.

^ Though the sultan was the sublime monarch he had a number of advisors and ministers.
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The politics of the state had a number of advisors and ministers gathered around a council known as Divan (after the 17th century it was renamed the "Porte"). .The Divan, in the years when the Ottoman state was still a Beylik, was composed of the elders of the tribe.^ The Divan, in the years when the Ottoman state was still a beylik , was composed of elders of the tribe.
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^ The Divan, in the years when the Ottoman state was still a Beylik , was composed of the elders of the tribe.
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^ Over nine years of careful planning and daring stratagems had brought what was left of the Ottoman state under Mehmeds sole control.
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.Its composition was later modified to include military officers and local elites (such as religious and political advisors).^ Its composition was later modified to include military officers and local elites (such as religious and political advisors).
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^ It was later modified so as to include professionals from the military and also local elites, such as religious and political advisors.
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^ The ultimate threat of such an elite body of troops is always that it will become a Praetorian Guard whose interest is more political and personal than it is faithful and disinterested.
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Later still, beginning in 1320, a Grand Vizier was appointed in order to assume certain of the sultan's responsibilities. The Grand Vizier had considerable independence from the sultan with almost unlimited powers of appointment, dismissal and supervision. Beginning with the late 16th century, sultans withdrew from politics and the Grand Vizier became the de facto head of state.[69]
Tughra of Süleyman the Magnificent (1520)
.Throughout Ottoman history, there were many instances in which local governors acted independently, and even in opposition to the ruler.^ Throughout Ottoman history, however —despite the supreme de jure authority of the sultans and the occasional exercise of de facto authority by Grand Viziers— there were many instances in which local governors acted independently, and even in opposition to the ruler.

^ Throughout Ottoman history, however"despite the sultan's supreme de jure authority and the Grand Vizier's sometime de facto one"there were many insistences in which local governors acted with a degree of independence, sometimes even in opposition to the ruler.
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^ Throughout Ottoman history, however — despite the supreme de jure authority of the sultans and the occasional exercise of de facto authority by Grand Viziers — there were many instances in which local governors acted independently, and even in opposition to the ruler.
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After the Young Turk Revolution of 1908, the Ottoman state became a constitutional monarchy. .The sultan no longer had executive powers.^ Sultan did not have executive powers.
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^ Soon the Sultan could avoid a fetva no longer and he was deposed.
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^ As membership in the devsirme increased, it became so powerful that the sultan could no longer play off the old nobility against them, and now the devsirme used the government for its own benefit.
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.A parliament was formed, with representatives chosen from the provinces.^ A parliament was formed, with representatives chosen from the provinces.
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^ After the Young Turk Revolution of 1908, the Ottoman state became a constitutional monarchy without executive powers, and a parliament was formed, with representatives chosen from the provinces.
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The representatives formed the Imperial Government of the Ottoman Empire.
The rapidly expanding empire used loyal, skilled subjects to manage the Empire, whether Albanians, Phanariot Greeks, Armenians, Serbs, Bosniaks, Hungarians or others. .The incorporation of Greeks (and other Christians), Muslims, and Jews revolutionized its administrative system.^ Ottoman bureaucracy Unlike many states, the Ottoman Empire was happy to use the talents of Greeks (and other Christians), Muslims and Jews, in revolutionizing its administrative system.

^ The incorporation of Greeks (and other Christians), Muslims, and Jews revolutionized its administrative system.
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^ The Ottoman state revolutionised its administrative system with the aid and experience of Greeks and other Christians, Muslims, and Jews, while many other states still held tightly to their own religions and national identities.
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This eclectic administration was apparent even in the diplomatic correspondence of the Empire, which was initially undertaken in the Greek language to the west.[74]
The Tughra were calligraphic monograms, or signatures, of the Ottoman Sultans, of which there were 35. Carved on the Sultan's seal, they bore the names of the Sultan and his father. .The prayer/statement “ever victorious” was also present in most.^ The prayer/statement “ever victorious” was also present in most.
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^ The prayer statement "ever victorious" was also present in most.
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.The earliest belonged to Orhan Gazi.^ The earliest belonged to Orhan Gazi.
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The ornately stylized Tughra spawned a branch of Ottoman-Turkish calligraphy.

Society

One of the successes of the social structure of the Ottoman Empire was the unity that it brought about among its highly varied populations through an organization named as millets. The Millets were the major religious groups that were allowed to establish their own communities under Ottoman rule. .The Millets were established by retaining their own religious laws, traditions, and language under the general protection of the sultan.^ Under Ottoman rule the major religious groups were allowed to establish their own communities, called millets , each retaining its own religious laws, traditions, and language under the general protection of the sultan.
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^ Main article: Millet (Ottoman Empire) Under Ottoman rule the major religious groups were allowed to establish their own communities, called millets , each retaining its own religious laws, traditions, and language under the general protection of the sultan.
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^ The government utilized the legal entity known as the millet, under which religious and ethnic minorities were able to manage their own affairs with substantial independence from central control.
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.Plurality was the key to the longevity of the Empire.^ Plurality was the key to the longevity of the Empire.
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As early as the reign of Mehmed II, extensive rights were granted to Phanariot Greeks, and Jews were invited to settle in Ottoman territory. Ultimately, the Ottoman Empire's relatively high degree of tolerance for ethnic differences proved to be one of its greatest strengths in integrating the new regions but this non-assimilative policy became a weakness after the rise of nationalism. The dissolution of the Empire based on ethnic differentiation (balkanization) brought the final end which the failed Ottomanism among the citizens and participatory politics of the first or the constitutional Era had successfully addressed.
The lifestyle of the Ottoman Empire was a mixture of western and eastern life. .One unique characteristic of Ottoman life style was it was very fragmented.^ Ottoman life-style, and their cuisines offer treacherous circumstantial evidence of this fact [32] .
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^ The community of Izmir, which became one of the most prominent Jewish centers in the Ottoman Empire, was unique from several important aspects.
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The millet concept generated this fragmentation and enabled many to coexist in a mosaic of cultures. The capital of the Ottoman Empire, Constantinople also had a unique culture, mainly because prior to Ottoman rule it had been the seat of both the Roman and Byzantine Empires. The lifestyle in the Ottoman court in many aspects assembled ancient traditions of the Persian Shahs, but had many Greek and European influences. The culture that evolved around the Ottoman court was known as the Ottoman Way, which was epitomized with the Topkapı Palace. There were also large metropolitan centers where the Ottoman influence expressed itself with a diversity similar to metropolises of today: Sarajevo, Skopje, Thessaloniki, Dimashq, Baghdad, Beirut, Jerusalem, Makkah and Algiers with their own small versions of Ottoman Provincial Administration replicating the culture of the Ottoman court locally. The seraglio, which were the non-imperial places, in the context of the Turkish fashion, became the subject of works of art, where non-imperial prince or referring to other grand houses built around courtyards.
Slavery in the Ottoman Empire was a part of Ottoman society.[78] As late as 1908 women slaves were still sold in the Empire.[79] .During the 19th century the Empire came under pressure from Western European countries to outlaw the practice.^ During the 19th century the Empire came under pressure from Western European countries to outlaw the practice - which had been generally considered valid under Islamic law effectively since the beginning.
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^ One of the most influential works of the twentieth century in history; Spanish-Ottoman conflict (with European emphasis), seen in its geographical and economic context, during the last Mediterranean-centered century of Western history .
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^ Uprisings in Ottoman territory had many far-reaching effects during the 19th century and determined many of the choices that the Ottoman Empire would have to make during the 20th century.
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Policies developed by various Sultans throughout the 19th century attempted to curtail the slave trade but, since slavery did have centuries of religious backing and sanction, they could never directly abolish the institution outright — as had gradually happened in Western Europe and the Americas.
Plague remained a major event in Ottoman society until the second quarter of the 19th century. Between 1701 and 1750, 37 larger and smaller plague epidemics were recorded in Constantinople, and 31 between 1751 and 1800.[80]
The exact population of the Ottoman Empire is a matter of considerable debate, due to the scantness and ambiguous nature of the primary sources. The following table contains approximate estimates. The figures from 1831 onwards are official census results, but the censuses did not cover the whole population. For example, the 1831 census only counted men and did not cover the whole empire.
Year Population
1520 11,692,480[81]
1566 15,000,000[82]
1683 30,000,000[83]
1831 7,230,660[81]
1856 35,350,000[81]
1881 17,388,604[81]
1906 20,884,000[81]
1914 18,520,000
1919 14,629,000

Culture

The Ottoman Empire had filled roughly the territories around the Mediterranean Sea and Black Sea while adopting the traditions, art and institutions of cultures in these regions and adding new dimensions to them. .Many different cultures lived under the umbrella of the Ottoman Empire, and as a result, a specifically "Ottoman" culture can be difficult to define, except for those of the regional centers and capital.^ Many different cultures lived under the umbrella of the Ottoman Empire, and as a result, a specifically "Ottoman" culture can be difficult to define.
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^ Many different cultures lived under the umbrella of the Ottoman Empire, and as a result, a specifically "Ottoman" culture can be difficult to define, except for those of the regional centers and capital.
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^ Istanbul Park Many different cultures lived under the umbrella of the Ottoman Empire, and as a result, a specifically "Ottoman" culture can be difficult to define.

.However, there was also, to a great extent, a specific melding of cultures that can be said to have reached its highest levels among the Ottoman elite, who were composed of myriad ethnic and religious groups.^ However, there was also, to a great extent, a specific melding of cultures that can be said to have reached its highest levels among the Ottoman elite, who were composed of myriad ethnic and religious groups.
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^ However, there was also, to a great extent, a specific melding of cultures that can be said to have reached its highest levels among the Ottoman elite, who were composed of a myriad of different ethnic and religious groups.

^ However, there was also, to a great extent, a specific intersecting multi-ethnic culture that can be said to have reached its highest levels among the Ottoman elite, who"far from being monolithic"were in fact composed of a myriad of different ethnic and religious groups.
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This multicultural perspective of "millets" was reflected in the Ottoman State's multi-cultural and multi-religious policies. .As the Ottomans moved further west, the Ottoman leaders absorbed some of the culture of the conquered regions.^ As the Ottomans moved further west, the Ottoman leaders themselves absorbed some of the culture of conquered regions.
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^ When one talks about the "Ottoman Cuisine", one refers to the cuisine of the Capital - Istanbul, and the regional capital cities, where the melting pot of cultures created a common cuisine that all the populations enjoyed.
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^ To some extent, there existed a Turkish Ottoman culture, a Greek Ottoman culture, an Armenian Ottoman culture, and so on.
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.Intercultural marriages also played their part in creating the characteristic Ottoman elite culture.^ Intercultural marriages also played their part in creating the characteristic Ottoman elite culture.
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^ When compared to the Turkish folk culture, the influence of these new cultures in creating the culture of the Ottoman elite was very apparent.
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^ When compared to Turkish folk culture, the influence of these new cultures in creating the culture of the Ottoman elite is very apparent.

.When compared to the Turkish folk culture, the influence of these new cultures in creating the culture of the Ottoman elite was very apparent.^ When compared to the Turkish folk culture, the influence of these new cultures in creating the culture of the Ottoman elite was very apparent.
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^ When compared to common Turkish arts (folkloric), the assimilation of the Ottoman elites to these new cultures is apparent.
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^ Intercultural marriages also played their part in creating the characteristic Ottoman elite culture.
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Selimiye Mosque was the masterpiece of Mimar Sinan, chief architect of Sultans Selim I, Suleiman the Magnificent, Selim II and Murad III.
"Ottoman architecture" was influenced by Persian, Byzantine Greek and Islamic architectures. The Ottoman architecture are a continuation of the pre-Islamic Sassanid architecture. For instance, the dome covered square, which had been a dominant form in Sassanid became the nucleus of all Ottoman architecture.[84][85] During the Rise period the early or first Ottoman architecture period, the Ottoman art was in search of new ideas. The growth period of the Empire become the classical period of architecture, which Ottoman art was at its most confident. During the years of the Stagnation period, Ottoman architecture moved away from this style however.
During the Tulip Era, it was under the influence of the highly ornamented styles of Western Europe; Baroque, Rococo, Empire and other styles intermingled. Concepts of Ottoman architecture mainly circle around the mosque. The mosque was integral to society, city planning and communal life. Besides the mosque, it is also possible to find good examples of Ottoman architecture in soup kitchens, theological schools, hospitals, Turkish baths and tombs.
Safranbolu was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994 due to its well-preserved Ottoman residential architecture.
Examples of Ottoman architecture of the classical period, aside from Istanbul and Edirne, can also be seen in Egypt, Eritrea, Tunisia, Algiers, the Balkans and Hungary, where mosques, bridges, fountains and schools were built. The art of Ottoman decoration developed with a multitude of influences due to the wide ethnic range of the Ottoman Empire. The greatest of the court artisans enriched the Ottoman Empire with many pluralistic artistic influences: such as mixing traditional Byzantine art with elements of Chinese art.[86]
"Ottoman Turkish language" was a variety of Turkish, highly influenced by Persian and Arabic. Ottomans had three influential languages, Turkish, Persian, Arabic but they did not have a parallel status. .Throughout the vast Ottoman bureaucracy and, in particular, within the Ottoman court in later times, a version of Turkish was spoken, albeit with a vast mixture of both Arabic and Persian grammar and vocabulary.^ Throughout the vast Ottoman bureaucracy and, in particularly, within the Ottoman court in later times, a version of Turkish was spoken, albeit with a vast mixture of both Arabic and Persian grammar and vocabulary.

^ At the Ottoman court, a version of Turkish with Arabic and Persian vocabulary was spoken (see: Ottoman Turkish language ).
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^ Throughout the vast Ottoman bureaucracy and, in particular, within the Ottoman court in later times, a version of Turkish was spoken, albeit with a vast mixture of both Arabic and Persian grammar and vocabulary.
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If the basic grammar was still largely Turkish, the inclusion of virtually any word in Arabic or Persian in Ottoman made it a language that was essentially incomprehensible to any Ottoman subject who had not mastered Arabic, Persian or both.
.The two varieties of the language became extremely differentiated and this resulted in a low literacy rate among the general public (about 2–3% until the early 19th century and just about 15% at the end of 19th century).^ The two varieties of the language became extremely differentiated and this resulted in a low literacy rate among the general public (about 2–3% until the early 19th century and just about 15% at the end of 19th century).
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^ Second Siege of Vienna in 1683 The Habsburg frontier in particular became a more or less permanent border until the 19th century, marked only by relatively minor battles concentrating on the possession of individual fortresses.
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^ The Hapsburg frontier in particular became a more or less permanent border until the 19th century, marked only by relatively minor battles concentrating on the possession of individual fortresses.

.Consequently, ordinary people had to hire special "request-writers" (arzıhâlcis) in order to be able to communicate with the government.^ The two varieties of the language became so differentiated that ordinary people had to hire special "request-writers" ( arzıhâlci s) in order to be able to communicate with the government.
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^ Consequently, Capsali "was recognized by the Ottoman government as the unqualified leader of the Ottoman Jewish community."
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^ Because of his popularity and the animosity of the Muslim clerics, in April 1863 Persian diplomats requested that the Ottoman government order him transferred to Istanbul, upsetting his followers.
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The ethnic groups continued to speak within their families and neighborhoods (mahalles) with their own languages (e.g., Jews, Greeks, Armenians, etc.) .In villages where two or more populations lived together, the inhabitants would often speak each other's language.^ In villages where two or more populations lived together, the inhabitants would often speak each other's language.
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^ All ethnicities who had their own language continued to speak their own language in their family, in villages where two populations lived together, the two populations would often speak each other's language (Cyprus:Greek/Turkish, the Balkans: Albanian/ Greek/ Serbian/ Bulgarian, Eastern Turkey: Kurdish/ Turkish/ Armenian, Northeastern Turkey: Laz/ Georgian/ Greek/ Turkish).
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^ The use of Turkish grew steadily under the Ottomans, but, since they were still interested in their two other official languages, they kept these in use as well.
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.In cosmopolitan cities, people often spoke their family languages, some Ottoman or Persian if they were educated, and some Arabic if they were Muslim.^ In cosmopolitan cities, people often spoke their family languages, some Ottoman or Persian if they were educated, and some Arabic if they were Muslim.
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^ They spoke their mother tongue: Ottoman, Persian, Turkish, Greek, Arabic and some European languages.
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^ In cosmopolitan cities, people often spoke their family languages, some Ottoman if they were educated, and some Arabic if they were Muslim.
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In the last two centuries, French and English emerged as popular languages, especially among the Christian Levantine communities. .The elite learned French at school, and used European products as a fashion statement.^ The elite learned French at school, and used European products as a fashion statement.
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.The use of Turkish grew steadily under the Ottomans, but, since they were still interested in their two other official languages, they kept these in use as well.^ The use of Turkish grew steadily under the Ottomans but they were still interested in their two other official languages so they kept them with a new limited usage: Persian for literature and Arabic solely for religious rites.

^ Similar millet s were established for the Ottoman Jewish community, who were under the authority of the Haham Başı or Ottoman Chief Rabbi; the Armenian Orthodox community, who were under the authority of a head bishop; and a number of other religious communities as well.

^ Similar millet s were established for the Ottoman Jewish community, who were under the authority of the Haham Başı or Ottoman Chief Rabbi ; the Armenian Orthodox community, who were under the authority of a head bishop ; and a number of other religious communities as well.
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.Usage of these came to be limited, though, and specific: Persian served mainly as a literary language, while Arabic was used solely for religious rites.^ Usage of these came to be limited, though, and specific: Persian served mainly as a literary language, while Arabic was used solely for religious rites.
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^ The use of Turkish grew steadily under the Ottomans but they were still interested in their two other official languages so they kept them with a new limited usage: Persian for literature and Arabic solely for religious rites.

^ The use of Turkish grew steadily under the Ottomans, but, since they were still interested in their two other official languages, they kept these in use as well.
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.At this time many famous Persian poets emerged.^ Many famous Persian poets emerged at this time.

^ At this time many famous Persian poets emerged.
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Topkapı Palace was the official and primary residence of the Ottoman Sultans from 1465 to 1856, the year when Sultan Abdülmecid I moved to the Dolmabahçe Palace.
"Ottoman classical music" was an important part of the education of the Ottoman elite, a number of the Ottoman sultans were accomplished musicians and composers themselves, such as Selim III, whose compositions are still frequently performed today. Ottoman classical music arose largely from a confluence of Byzantine music, Arabic music, and Persian music. Compositionally, it is organised around rhythmic units called usul, which are somewhat similar to meter in Western music, and melodic units called makam, which bear some resemblance to Western musical modes. The instruments used are a mixture of Anatolian and Central Asian instruments (the saz, the bağlama, the kemence), other Middle Eastern instruments (the ud, the tanbur, the kanun, the ney), and — later in the tradition — Western instruments (the violin and the piano). .Because of a geographic and cultural divide between the capital and other areas, two broadly distinct styles of music arose in the Ottoman Empire: Ottoman classical music, and folk music.^ Due to a geographic and cultural divide between the capital and other areas, two broadly distinct styles of music arose in the Ottoman Empire: Ottoman classical music, and folk music.
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^ Distinctions between Muslims and others were to be eliminated.
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^ The Ottoman Empire (1300-1922) had at its apex extended over the entire Middle East, North Africa, and the Balkans and had on two occasions laid siege to Vienna.
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In the provinces, several different kinds of Folk music were created. The most dominant regions with their distinguished musical styles are: Balkan-Thracian Türküs, North-Eastern (Laz) Türküs, Aegean Türküs, Central Anatolian Türküs, Eastern Anatolian Türküs, and Caucasian Türküs. Some of the distinctive styles were: Janissary Music, Roma music, Belly dance, Turkish folk music.
"Ottoman cuisine" refers to the cuisine of the capital — Constantinople, and the regional capital cities, where the melting pot of cultures created a common cuisine that all the populations enjoyed. This diverse cuisine was honed in the Imperial Palace's kitchens by chefs brought from certain parts of the Empire to create and experiment with different ingredients. The creations of the Ottoman Palace's kitchens filtered to the population, for instance through Ramadan events, and through the cooking at the Yalıs of the Pashas, and from there on spread to the rest of the population. Today, Ottoman cuisine lives in the Balkans, Anatolia and the Middle East, "common heirs to what was once the Ottoman life-style, and their cuisines offer treacherous circumstantial evidence of this fact".[87] It is typical of any great cuisine in the world to be based on local varieties and on mutual exchange and enrichment among them, but at the same time to be homogenized and harmonized by a metropolitan tradition of refined taste.[87]
Numerous traditions and cultural traits of this previous empire (in fields such as architecture, cuisine, music, leisure and government) were adopted by the Ottomans, who elaborated them into new forms and blended them with the characteristics of the ethnic and religious groups living within the Ottoman territories, which resulted in a new and distinctively Ottoman cultural identity.

Religion

The main motif is a calligraphic pattern formed from the names of God, the prophet Muhammad and the first four caliphs, Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthman and Ali written in Arabic. The combination indicates an allegiance to Sunni Islam. Ceramic tile, Istanbul, cira 1727, Islamic Middle East Gallery,Victoria & Albert Museum [1].
Before adopting Islam — a process that was greatly facilitated by the Abbasid victory at the 751 Battle of Talas, which ensured Abbasid influence in Central Asia — the Turkic peoples practised a variety of shamanism. After this battle, many of the various Turkic tribes — including the Oghuz Turks, who were the ancestors of both the Seljuks and the Ottomans — gradually converted to Islam, and brought the religion with them to Anatolia beginning in the 11th century.
The Ottoman Empire was, in principle, tolerant towards Christians and Jews (the "Ahl Al-Kitab", or "People of the Book", according to the Qur'an) but not towards the polytheists, in accordance with the Sharia law. Such tolerance was subject to a non-Muslim tax, the Jizya.
Under the millet system, non-Muslim people were considered subjects of the Empire, but were not subject to the Muslim faith or Muslim law. The Orthodox millet, for instance, was still officially legally subject to Justinian's Code, which had been in effect in the Byzantine Empire for 900 years. Also, as the largest group of non-Muslim subjects (or zimmi) of the Islamic Ottoman state, the Orthodox millet was granted a number of special privileges in the fields of politics and commerce, in addition to having to pay higher taxes than Muslim subjects.[88],[89]
The Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II allowed the local Christians to stay in Constantinople after conquering the city in 1453, and to retain their institutions such as the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate.
In 1461 Sultan Mehmed II established the Armenian Patriarchate of Constantinople. Previously, the Byzantines considered the Armenian Church as heretical and thus did not allow them to build churches inside the walls of Constantinople. In 1492, when the Muslims and Sephardic Jews were expelled from Spain during the Spanish Inquisition, the Ottoman Sultan Bayezid II sent his fleet under Kemal Reis to save them and granted the refugees the right to settle in the Ottoman Empire.
The state's relationship with the Greek Orthodox Church was largely peaceful, and recurrent oppressive measures taken against the Greek church were a deviation from generally established practice. The church's structure was kept intact and largely left alone but under close control and scrutiny until the Greek War of Independence of 1821–1829 and, later in the 19th century, the rise of the Ottoman constitutional monarchy, which was driven to some extent by nationalistic currents, tried to be balanced with Ottomanism. Other Orthodox churches, like the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, were dissolved and placed under the jurisdiction of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate, until Sultan Abdülaziz established the Bulgarian Exarchate in 1870 and reinstated the autonomy of the Bulgarian Church.
Similar millets were established for the Ottoman Jewish community, who were under the authority of the Haham Başı or Ottoman Chief Rabbi; the Armenian Orthodox community, who were under the authority of a head bishop; and a number of other religious communities as well.

Law

An Ottoman trial, 1877 (see image detail for explanation)
The Ottoman legal system accepted the religious law over its subjects. The Ottoman Empire was always organized around a system of local jurisprudence. .Legal administration in the Ottoman Empire was part of a larger scheme of balancing central and local authority.^ Legal administration in the Ottoman Empire was part of a larger scheme of balancing central and local authority.
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^ Throughout the Ottoman Empire, the quality of medical care was inadequate, and the central government took limited interest in the health of its people.
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^ Indigenous state administrative institutions in Qing China, the Ottoman Empire, and Siam failed to meet this test in the early nineteenth century.
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[90] Ottoman power revolved crucially around the administration of the rights to land, which gave a space for the local authority develop the needs of the local millet.[90] .The jurisdictional complexity of the Ottoman Empire was aimed to permit the integration of culturally and religiously different groups.^ The jurisdictional complexity of the Ottoman Empire was aimed to permit the integration of culturally and religiously different groups.
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^ As such, the Ottomans regarded themselves as the heirs to both Roman and Islamic traditions, and hence rulers of a "Universal Empire" through this "unification of cultures".
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^ Main article: Millet (Ottoman Empire) Under Ottoman rule the major religious groups were allowed to establish their own communities, called millets , each retaining its own religious laws, traditions, and language under the general protection of the sultan.
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[90] The Ottoman system had three court systems: one for Muslims, one for non-Muslims, involving appointed Jews and Christians ruling over their respective religious communities, and the "trade court". The entire system was regulated from above by means of the administrative Kanun, i.e. laws, a system based upon the Turkic Yasa and Töre which were developed in the pre-Islamic era. .The kanun law system, on the other hand, was the secular law of the sultan, and dealt with issues not clearly addressed by the sharia system.^ The kanun law system, on the other hand, was the secular law of the sultan, and dealt with issues not clearly addressed by the sharia'' system.
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^ The kanun law system, on the other hand, was the secular law of the sultan, and dealt with issues not clearly addressed by the sharia system.
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^ Throughout the empire, there were two systems of law in effect: one was the Islamic sharia (شريعة) law system, and the other was the Turkish kanun system.
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These court categories were not, however, wholly exclusive in nature: for instance, the Islamic courts — which were the Empire's primary courts — could also be used to settle a trade conflict or disputes between litigants of differing religions, and Jews and Christians often went to them so as to obtain a more forceful ruling on an issue. .The Ottoman state tended not to interfere with non-Muslim religious law systems, despite legally having a voice to do so through local governors.^ Further information: Mecelle Ottoman legal system accepted the Religious law over its subjects.
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^ The Ottoman state tended not to interfere with non-Muslim religious law systems, despite legally having a voice to do so through local governors.
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^ Also, as the largest group of non-Muslim subjects (ذمي zimmi ) of the Islamic Ottoman state, the Orthodox millet was granted a number of special privileges in the fields of politics and commerce{citation needed}, in addition to having to pay higher taxes than Muslim subjects.
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The Islamic Sharia law system had been developed from a combination of the Qur'ān; the Hadīth, or words of the prophet Muhammad; ijmā', or consensus of the members of the Muslim community; qiyas, a system of analogical reasoning from previous precedents; and local customs. Both systems were taught at the Empire's law schools, which were in Constantinople and Bursa.
Tanzimat reforms, had a drastic effect on the law system. In 1877, the civil law (excepting family law) was codified in the Mecelle code. Later codifications covered commercial law, penal law and civil procedure.

Military

The modern Ottoman Army
The first military unit of the Ottoman State was an army that was organized by Osman I from the tribesmen inhabiting western Anatolia in the late 13th century. .The military system became an intricate organization with the advance of the Empire.^ The military system became an intricate organization with the advance of the Empire.
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^ Ambassadors at Topkapı Palace Ottoman state organization was a very complex system that had two main dimensions: The military administration and the civic administration.
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^ He argued that the antiquated Turkish military organization placed the Ottoman empire in peril.
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.The Ottoman military was a complex system of recruiting and fief-holding.^ A Janissary sketched by the renowned Venetian artist Gentile Bellini (1429-1507) who also painted the famous portrait of Sultan Mehmed II Sipahis were the elite cavalry knights of the Ottoman Empire The Ottoman military was a complex system of recruiting and fief-holding.
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^ Beginning in the 1840s elements of European-style penal and commercial law were incorporated into the already complex Ottoman legal system.
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The main corps of the Ottoman Army included Janissary, Sipahi, Akıncı and Mehterân. The Ottoman army was once among the most advanced fighting forces in the world, being one of the first to employ muskets and cannons. The Ottomans began using falcons, which were short but wide cannons, during the Siege of Constantinople (1422). The Ottoman cavalry depended on high speed and mobility rather than heavy armour, using bows and short swords on fast Turkoman and Arabian horses (progenitors of the Thoroughbred racing horse),[91][92] and often applied tactics similar to those of the Mongol Empire, such as pretending to retreat while surrounding the enemy forces inside a crescent-shaped formation and then making the real attack. The decline in the army's performance became evident from the mid 17th century and after the Great Turkish War. The 18th century saw some limited success against Venice, but in the north the European-style Russian armies forced the Ottomans to concede land. .The modernization of the Ottoman Empire in the 19th century started with the military.^ Main article: Military of the Ottoman Empire .
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^ The modernization of the Ottoman Empire in the 19th century started with the military.
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^ But by the nineteenth century, the Ottoman Empire was in military and financial disarray.
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In 1826 Sultan Mahmud II abolished the Janissary corps and established the modern Ottoman army. He named them as the Nizam-ı Cedid (New Order). .The Ottoman army was also the first institution to hire foreign experts and send its officers for training in western European countries.^ The Ottoman army was also the first institution to hire foreign experts and send its officers for training in western European countries.
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^ The Ottoman empire began sending resident ambassadors to major capitals—first to London in 1793 and then in 1797 to Paris, Vienna, and Berlin.
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^ The length of the war (it ended in 1606) and the lack of Ottoman victories for most of it hinted that the most important Ottoman institution, the army, was no longer what it used to be.
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Consequently, the Young Turks movement first began when these relatively young and newly trained men returned with their education.
The Ottoman Navy vastly contributed to the expansion of the Empire's territories on the European continent. It initiated the conquest of North Africa, with the addition of Algeria and Egypt to the Ottoman Empire in 1517. Starting with the loss of Algeria (1830) and Greece (1821), Ottoman naval power and control over the Empire's distant overseas territories began to decline. Sultan Abdülaziz (reigned 1861–1876) attempted to reestablish a strong Ottoman navy, building the largest fleet after those of Britain and France. The shipyard at Barrow, United Kingdom built its first submarine in 1886 for the Ottoman Empire.[93] However, the collapsing Ottoman economy could not sustain the fleet's strength for too long. Sultan Abdülhamid II distrusted the admirals who sided with the reformist Midhat Pasha, and claimed that the large and expensive fleet was of no use against the Russians during the Russo-Turkish War (1877–1878). He locked most of the fleet inside the Golden Horn, where the ships decayed for the next 30 years. Following the Young Turk Revolution in 1908, the Committee of Union and Progress sought to develop a strong Ottoman naval force. The Ottoman Navy Foundation was established in 1910 in order to purchase new ships through public donations.
The Ottoman Air Force was founded in June 1909, making it one of the first combat aviation organizations in the world. The Ottoman Empire started preparing its first pilots and planes, and with the founding of the Hava Okulu (Air Academy) in Constantinople on July 3, 1912, the Empire began to tutor its own flight officers. The founding of the Air Academy quickened advancement in the military aviation program, increased the number of enlisted persons within it, and gave the new pilots an active role in the Armed Forces. .In May 1913 the world's first specialized Reconnaissance Training Program was activated by the Air Academy and the first separate Reconnaissance division was established by the Air Force.^ In May 1913 the world's first specialized Reconnaissance Training Program was activated by the Air Academy and the first separate Reconnaissance division was established by the Air Force.
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^ The founding of the Air Academy quickened advancement in the military aviation program, increased the number of enlisted persons within it, and gave the new pilots an active role in the Armed Forces .
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^ Efforts were made to reorganize the Ottoman Air Force, but this ended in 1918 with the end of the First World War and the occupation of Istanbul .
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In June 1914 a new military academy, Deniz Hava Okulu (Naval Aviation Academy) was founded. With the outbreak of World War I, the modernization process stopped abruptly. The Ottoman Air Force fought on many fronts during World War I, from Galicia in the west to the Caucasus in the east and Yemen in the south.

See also


Footnotes

  1. ^ Finkel, Caroline, Osman's Dream, (Basic Books, 2005), 57; "Istanbul was only adopted as the city's official name in 1930..".
  2. ^ http://wwi.lib.byu.edu/index.php/Treaty_of_Lausanne ;
    ARTICLE 91
    All grants of patents and registrations of trade-marks, as well as all registrations of transfers or assignments of patents or trade marks which have been duly made since the 30th October, 1918, by the Imperial Ottoman Government at Constantinople or elsewhere..
  3. ^ The Treaty of Sèvres (August 10, 1920) afforded a small existence to the Ottoman Empire. The abolishment of the Ottoman Sultanate on November 1, 1922 did not end the Ottoman State, but only the Ottoman dynasty. The official end of the Ottoman State was declared through the Treaty of Lausanne (July 24, 1923). It recognized the new "Ankara government", and not the old Constantinople-based Ottoman government, as representing the rightful owner and successor state. The Constantinople-based government was practically headless after the sultan left the capital. The TBMM declared the successor state to be the "Republic of Turkey" (October 29, 1923).
  4. ^ Ottoman banknote with Arabic script
  5. ^ The Sultanate was abolished on November 1, 1922. Mehmed VI, the last Ottoman Sultan, departed from Constantinople on November 17, 1922.
  6. ^ With the Treaty of Lausanne (signed on July 24, 1923) the new Turkish State (still not a Republic, which was proclaimed later on October 29, 1923) headquartered in Ankara is internationally recognized as the successor to the Ottoman State.
  7. ^ Full text of the Treaty of Lausanne (1923)
  8. ^ From the article on the Ottoman Empire in Oxford Islamic Studies Online
  9. ^ Turkish Navy Official Website: "Atlantik'te Türk Denizciliği"
  10. ^ Glasse, Cyril, New Encyclopedia of Islam, (Rowman Altamira, 2003), 229.
  11. ^ Finkel, Caroline, Osman's Dream, (New York: Basic Books, 2005), 57.
  12. ^ Brown, Leon Carl, Imperial Legacy, (Columbia University Press, 1997), 1.
  13. ^ (Turkish) Sultan Osman I, Turkish Ministry of Culture website
  14. ^ Karpat, Kemal H. (1974). The Ottoman state and its place in world history. Leiden: Brill. pp. 111. ISBN 90-04-03945-7. 
  15. ^ Savory, R. M. (1960). "The Principal Offices of the Ṣafawid State during the Reign of Ismā'īl I (907-30/1501-24)". Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London 23 (1): 91–105. doi:10.2307/609888. http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0041-977X%281960%2923%3A1%3C91%3ATPOOTS%3E2.0.CO%3B2-B. 
  16. ^ Hess, Andrew C. (January 1973). "The Ottoman Conquest of Egypt (1517) and the Beginning of the Sixteenth-Century World War". International Journal of Middle East Studies 4 (1): 55–76. doi:10.2307/162225. http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0020-7438%28197301%294%3A1%3C55%3ATOCOE%28%3E2.0.CO%3B2-%23. 
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  20. ^ L. Kinross, The Ottoman Centuries: The Rise and Fall of the Turkish Empire, 206
  21. ^ Mansel, 61
  22. ^ Imber, 53.
  23. ^ Norman Itzkowitz, Ottoman Empire and Islamic Tradition p.64–65.
  24. ^ Davies (2007). Warfare, State and Society on the Black Sea Steppe,1500–1700.. p.16.
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  28. ^ Norman Itzkowitz, Ottoman Empire and Islamic Tradition p.67.
  29. ^ Norman Itzkowitz, Ottoman Empire and Islamic Tradition p.71
  30. ^ Norman Itzkowitz, Ottoman Empire and Islamic Tradition p.96.
  31. ^ Inalcik, An Economic And Social History Of The Ottoman Empire, Vol 1 1300–1600 p.24.
  32. ^ L. Kinross, The Ottoman Centuries: The Rise and Fall of the Turkish Empire, 281
  33. ^ Rees Davies, British Slaves on the Barbary Coast, BBC, July 1, 2003
  34. ^ Leslie P. Peirce, The imperial harem: women and sovereignty in the Ottoman Empire and Morality tales: law and gender in the Ottoman court of Aintab.
  35. ^ Norman Itzkowitz, Ottoman Empire and Islamic Tradition p.74–75.
  36. ^ Norman Itzkowitz, Ottoman Empire and Islamic Tradition p.77–81.
  37. ^ Norman Itzkowitz, Ottoman Empire and Islamic Tradition p.80–81.
  38. ^ Norman Itzkowitz, Ottoman Empire and Islamic Tradition p.81–82.
  39. ^ Norman Itzkowitz, Ottoman Empire and Islamic Tradition p.84.
  40. ^ Norman Itzkowitz, Ottoman Empire and Islamic Tradition p.73.
  41. ^ Norman Itzkowitz, Ottoman Empire and Islamic Tradition p.83–84.
  42. ^ Berend, Tibor Iván, History derailed: Central and Eastern Europe in the long nineteenth century, (University of California Press Ltd, 2003), 127.
  43. ^ "Hijra and Forced Migration from Nineteenth-Century Russia to the Ottoman Empire", by Bryan Glynn Williams, Cahiers du Monde russe, 41/1, 2000, pp. 79–108.
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    ^ For the first time the Ottoman empire lost substantial territory to Europeans.
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    ^ Conquests on land were driven by the discipline and innovation of the Ottoman military; and on the sea, the Ottoman navy established the empire as a great trading power.
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    ^ Istanbul, its capital since 1453, was a vibrant imperial city.
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to 1830

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  • Clot, André. Suleiman the Magnificent. 1993. 399 pp
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  • Holt, P. M. Egypt and the Fertile Crescent, 1516–1922: A Political History. 1966.
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    ^ (MC, 4/13/02) 1520 Sep 21, Suleiman I (the Magnificent), son of Selim, became the Ottoman sultan in Constantinople.
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    ^ The Ottoman sultan, pâdişâh or "lord of kings", served as the empire's sole regent and was considered to be the embodiment of its government, though he did not always exercise complete control.
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    AMS Press, 1978. ISBN 0-404-14681-3.
  • Melis, Nicola, "The importance of Hormuz for Luso-Ottoman Gulf-centred policies in the 16th century: Some observations based on contemporary sources", in R. Loureiro-D. Couto (eds.), Revisiting Hormuz - Portuguese Interactions in the Persian Gulf Region in the Early Modern Period, "Maritime Asia" 19, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian/Harrassowitz Verlag, Wiesbaden 2008, pp. 107–120.
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    ^ The Russo-Turkish wars dated to the 17th century, the Russians generally gaining territory and influence over the declining Ottoman Empire.
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Post 1830

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  • Kitsikis, Dimitri. L'Empire ottoman, Presses Universitaires de France, 3rd ed., 1994. ISBN 2-13-043459-2
  • Lafi (Nora), Une ville du Maghreb entre ancien régime et réformes ottomanes. Genèse des institutions municipales à Tripoli de Barbarie (1795–1911), Paris: L'Harmattan, 2002, 305 pp.
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The Ottoman Empire was an empire that lasted from 1299 to 1923. It was centered around the Middle East and western portions of lands around the Mediterranean Sea. The empire was created by Ottoman Turks and became a long-lasting empire. When it was most powerful (around 1400 to 1600), the Ottoman Empire controlled trade and politics in Europe, Asia, and Africa. The empire's capital was Istanbul. In later years, the Ottoman Empire began to weaken and was known as "the sick man of Europe".

In early times of the empire, shahzadahs, who were the sons of the Sultan, used to be sent to Sanjaks (different parts of the empire) to have experience and to later govern. This was because they were candidates of the Sultanate and Khaliphate. After Ahmed this system changed. In the new system the Sultan would keep all his male relatives locked in a small apartment called a kafes where they would never be able to see the outside world. This was to keep them from taking power from him. But many times, a new Sultan would simply have his male relatives killed. This may seem as a bad thing but it is a good solution against fights to be Sultan and also rebel movements. The women in his harem would try to get more power, and the Sultan's mother became the most powerful political force in the Empire. This is because each mother in the harem would try to make her own son the next Sultan, since they knew he would probably be killed if he was not. The Sultans quickly lost their ability to govern far-away territories well, and all the people living in the Empire were soon governing themselves under their own laws. In the end, the Ottoman Empire grew so worn out and corrupt that it was ready to collapse.

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