Rise of the Ottoman Empire - WikipediaThe foundation and rise of the Ottoman Empire is a period of history that started with the emergence of the Ottoman principality in c. This period witnessed the foundation of a political entity ruled by the Ottoman Dynasty in the northwestern Anatolian region of Bithynia , and its transformation from a small principality on the Byzantine frontier into an empire spanning the Balkans and Anatolia. For this reason, this period in the empire's history has been described as the "Proto-Imperial Era". By the middle of the fifteenth century the Ottoman sultans were able to accumulate enough personal power and authority to establish a centralized imperial state, a process which was brought to fruition by Sultan Mehmed II r. The cause of Ottoman success cannot be attributed to any single factor, and they varied throughout the period as the Ottomans continually adapted to changing circumstances.
The Rise and Fall of the Ottoman Empire
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T he last thing the people of the Ottoman empire needed in autumn was another war. In the six years leading up to that calamitous year they had seen a sultan deposed and their immense and immensely inefficient army battered. In several bruising wars, they had ceded Libya to Italy and all their European territories — including what is now Bulgaria, large chunks of Greece, Bosnia, Serbia and Albania — to independence. Now their Young Turk leaders were siding with Germany, because the Kaiser looked most likely to help them regain some of that lost territory, or at least avoid the dismantlement of the empire. The consequences of that decision — the great war that shaped the Middle East, the conflict that made the war global — form the grand tale that Eugene Rogan tells in his latest book. Readers of his previous work, The Arabs , will know how comfortably he handles multiple themes, ambitious narratives and a crowd of characters.