The Ottoman Empire - From Osman to Erdogan

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The Ottoman Empire - From Osman to Erdogan

<p>At its peak, the Ottoman Empire controlled much of three continents : Southeast Europe, parts of Central Europe, Western Asia and the Caucasus, North Africa and the Horn of Africa – an area larger

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At its peak, the Ottoman Empire controlled much of three continents : Southeast Europe, parts of Central Europe, Western Asia and the Caucasus, North Africa and the Horn of Africa – an area larger than the great Roman empire. Its sultans, or caliphs, include some of the great figures of history, like Mehmed the Conqueror and Suleyman the Magnificent, and its laws live on in the legal systems of countries as diverse as Hungary and Israel, as well as in modern Turkey. This course looks at some of the great events and the great personalities of the empire, and its lasting impact on world history.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • The beginnings of empire – Osman 's dream and the early caliphs; the conquest of Byzantium
  • The rise of Empire – creating an Ottoman arc around the Mediterranean from Budapest to the Pyrenees
  • The peak of empire – Suleyman and Roxelana: clashes of love and power
  • The beginning of the end – dynastic struggles and the rise of matriarchy; the end of Osman’s dream
  • Decline and fall – the rise of nationalism, failures of reform, defeat and occupation
  • The end of empire – the last caliph, Ataturk and the Turkish republic, the continuing struggle for democracy


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Analyse the main factors in the rise and fall of one of the world’s greatest empires.
  2. Evaluate the role of key men and women in the Ottoman story, and beyond.
  3. Identify the impact of religion, nationalism, militarism and Western imperialism on the history of the Empire.
  4. Recognise the legacy of Empire in contemporary history.