Fall 2011 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This course studies the history of the Ottoman Empire from its rise in the late thirteenth century to the mid-sixteenth century. As the Seljuk authority disintegrated in the aftermath of Mongol attacks, Asia Minor witnessed the emergence of principalities in the thirteenth century. The Ottoman principality, which was initially a minor one among its more powerful peers, became a world power by the mid-fifteenth century. Discussing the political and social conditions in thirteenth-century Asia Minor, the course analyses the transformation of the Ottoman principality into a leading Mediterranean sea-power. The recurrent dynamics of Ottoman history such as centralization and decentralization are treated. The 'decline' paradigm is discussed. Institutions that contributed to the longevity of the empire are treated. The empire's role in the larger context of world history is emphasized.
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