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For most of us, our knowledge of the Ottoman Empire can be summed up to two things: padded footstools and the phrase "the sick man of Europe". We in the United States know very little about the Ottoman Empire because our history courses do a bad job of covering parts of the world outside of Europe and North America. But there are good reasons to learn about the Ottomans. They ruled for six hundred years, a superpower on three continents. A diverse and multiethnic empire, they were noted for the autonomy non-Muslim religious groups were allowed. They were governed by an administration of merit, not of bloodline. And perhaps most surprisingly, this enormous empire was ruled for six hundred years by one family. Join me as we explore together the history of one of the world's most powerful and longest-lasting empires.

For most of us, our knowledge of the Ottoman Empire can be summed up to two things: padded footstools and the phrase "the sick man of Europe". We in the United States know very little about the Ottoman Empire because our history courses do a bad job of covering parts of the world outside of Europe and North America. But there are good reasons to learn about the Ottomans. They ruled for six hundred years, a superpower on three continents. A diverse and multiethnic empire, they were noted for the autonomy non-Muslim religious groups were allowed. They were governed by an administration of merit, not of bloodline. And perhaps most surprisingly, this enormous empire was ruled for six hundred years by one family. Join me as we explore together the history of one of the world's most powerful and longest-lasting empires.
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For most of us, our knowledge of the Ottoman Empire can be summed up to two things: padded footstools and the phrase "the sick man of Europe". We in the United States know very little about the Ottoman Empire because our history courses do a bad job of covering parts of the world outside of Europe and North America. But there are good reasons to learn about the Ottomans. They ruled for six hundred years, a superpower on three continents. A diverse and multiethnic empire, they were noted for the autonomy non-Muslim religious groups were allowed. They were governed by an administration of merit, not of bloodline. And perhaps most surprisingly, this enormous empire was ruled for six hundred years by one family. Join me as we explore together the history of one of the world's most powerful and longest-lasting empires.

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Episodes

Episode 3: Spreading Roots

4/24/2019
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Under Murad, the Ottoman enterprise began to take the form that it would hold for the next 200 years. The unique, interfaith society that would so define it started taking shape even during the constant warfare and conquest of Murad's reign.

Duration:00:33:07

Episode 2: State-Building

4/14/2019
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We move on to examine the next Ottoman ruler, Orhan, son of Osman. It was under Orhan that the Ottomans transitioned from a local emirate to a state- and a regional power. The moment the Ottomans entered Europe was a watershed in history, and it is worth exploring. Map: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orhan#/media/File:Orhan_I_area_map.png

Duration:00:33:33

Episode 1: Mythical Beginnings

3/25/2019
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We know very little about Osman, the founder of the Ottoman Empire. But perhaps by examining the legends surrounding him we can discern the shape of the truth. Osman's conquests: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osman_I#/media/File:Osman_I_area_map.PNG Bithynia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bithynia_and_Pontus#/media/File:Roman_Empire_-_Bythinia_et_Pontus_(125_AD).svg Sultanate of Rum: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Seljuk_Sultanate_of_Rum_1190_Locator_Map-pt.svg

Duration:00:22:26