charecteristics of ottoman empire

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Characteristics of the Ottoman Empire The Ottoman Empire helped shape the Western, Middle-Eastern, and Mediterranean world. From their foundation of a state in 1292, the House of Osman formed into an empire that stretched from North Africa to the Caspian Sea, while also controlling up to Vienna in Eastern Europe and islands in the Mediterranean. Through its exceptional and unique characteristics, the Ottoman Empire greatly influenced surrounding cultures and societies. While possessing very comparable features found in many Western nations and empires, the Ottoman Empire had many distinctive aspects within its culture to make it unique. The Ottoman Empire is very similar to its contemporary pre-modern European counterparts in that it had a great desire for territorial growth and conquest. The Ottomans display their uniqueness from European societies with the role and advancement of women in the Imperial Harem and the architecture, which still can be seen in Istanbul and other cities that were once apart of the Ottoman Empire. Similar to many other pre-modern empires, the Ottomans grew in power, strength, size, and, most importantly, economically through successful conquests. Throughout the ancient, pre-modern, and up to including imperialism, empires and powerful countries gained economic power by conquering other nations. From Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire up to early modern Europe with Napoleon, Europe was constantly war torn over battles over honor, religion, economics, and pure conquest. In the fifteenth century, European powers also began to make wars on indigenous nations in the 1
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Americas for economic gain. The Ottoman Empire grew strong and formed into an empire because of their desire for conquest and growth. The early Ottoman state grew strong because of its military ambitions. Historian Daniel Goffman suggest that, “the early Ottomans for example may have considered themselves ‘ gazi ’ warriors, who justified bloodshed through faith.” (Goffman, 8). Early Ottomans used Islam’s expansionist heritage as justification for wars, just as European nations fought wars to
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This essay was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course HIST 258 taught by Professor Kilic-schubel during the Spring '07 term at Kenyon.

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