The Ottoman Empire: An introduction to its history and heritage

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Spanning more than six centuries and stretching across three continents, the Ottoman Empire changed the political, economic, religious, architectural, and cultural landscape of many of the modern countries of the Middle East and south-eastern Europe. Yet the Ottoman Empire is most readily associated with its imperial capital Istanbul and the grandeur of its royal palace, the Topkapı Sarayı, or its majestic mosques such as Aya Sofya and the Süleymaniye, while the rest of the Empire’s vast territory and heritage is easily overlooked or forgotten. This chapter attempts to give a short overview of the history of the Ottoman Empire, from its foundations in the early fourteenth century, through its territorial expansion and ever-fluctuating borders, to its fall at the start of the twentieth century, and to provide a brief introduction to its legacy, highlighting some of the less well-known or overlooked aspects of it, be they political, religious, or cultural in nature.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTravellers in Ottoman Lands
Subtitle of host publicationThe Botanical Legacy
EditorsInes Asceric-Todd, Sabina Knees, Janet Starkey, Paul Starkey
Place of PublicationOxford
ISBN (Electronic)9781784919160
ISBN (Print)9781784919153
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2018
Event Travellers in Ottoman Lands: the Botanical Legacy - Royal Botanical Garden Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 13 May 201714 May 2017


Seminar Travellers in Ottoman Lands: the Botanical Legacy
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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