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By understanding the dramatic story of the Ottoman Empire - from its early years as a collection of raiders and conquerors to its undeniable power in the 15th and 16th centuries to its catastrophic collapse in the wreckage of the First World War - one can better grasp the current complexities of the Middle East.
Over the course of these 36 enlightening lectures, investigate over 600 years of history that covers the nature of Ottoman identity, the achievements of the Sultan's court, and stories of confrontation and cooperation with the West.
Befitting a story of such epic scope and grandeur, every lecture is a treasure trove of historical insights into the people, events, themes, and locales responsible for shaping the story of this often-overlooked empire. You'll cover everything from Rumi, the whirling dervishes, and the importance of the sultan's grand viziers to the wars of Sultan Suleiman I, the shadowy politics of the Committee of Union and Progress, and the birth of the Turkish Republic under Kemal Atatürk.
Welcome to a fascinating story of the triumph and tragedy, war and peace, intellectual progress and civil insurrection of a great empire that, for all its glory and grandeur, has left an important legacy that will shape the future of the Balkan nation-states, the Turkish Republic, and the Arab world - and those of us in the West as well.
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Von isolator Am hilfreichsten 26.03.2018

A good insight to Ottoman history

As a history enthusiast from Turkey, I would recommend these lectures. They give a very good insight to the Ottoman history.

For my taste, some aspects such as the weaknesses in written literature and scientific work also the motives of the reforms in the Turkish Republic could be described more in detail, but again it is my taste. Plus, these broad topics could have been a lecture on their own.

I know turkish is hard, nonetheless my objective critic is that the pronunciation of some names were not good enough. Furthermore, I would really like to hear some references to turkish historians.

Overall, it was a great journey for me, even though I was very familiar with the content. I find the lectures to be as objective as it gets for all the controversy it carries.

I thank Prof. Kenneth W. Harl for this great set of lectures.

Ismail Kuru

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