Ottoman Empire

The Ottoman Empire (/ˈɒtəmən/; Ottoman Turkish: دولت عليه عثمانيه Devlet-i ʿAlīye-i ʿOsmānīye, literally "The Sublime Ottoman State"; Modern Turkish: Osmanlı İmparatorluğu or Osmanlı Devleti; French: Empire ottoman) was a state that controlled much of Southeastern Europe, Western Asia, and Northern Africa between the 14th and early 20th centuries. It was founded at the end of the 13th century in northwestern Anatolia in the town of Söğüt (modern-day Bilecik Province) by the Turkoman tribal leader Osman I. After 1354, the Ottomans crossed into Europe and with the conquest of the Balkans, the Ottoman beylik was transformed into a transcontinental empire. The Ottomans ended the Byzantine Empire with the 1453 conquest of Constantinople by Mehmed the Conqueror.

The Sublime Ottoman State

دولت عليه عثمانیه
Devlet-i ʿAlīye-i ʿOsmānīye
1299–1922
Flag
(1844–1922)
Coat of arms
(1882–1922)
Motto: دولت ابد مدت
Devlet-i Ebed-müddet
("The Eternal State")
Anthem: various
The Ottoman Empire at its greatest extent, under Sultan Mehmed IV
Capital
Common languages
Religion
Demonym(s)Ottoman
GovernmentAbsolute monarchy
(1299–1876; 1878–1908; 1920–1922)
and caliphate (1517–1924)
Constitutional monarchy
(1876–1878; 1908–1920)
Sultan 
 c.1299–1323/4 (first)
Osman I
 1918–1922 (last)
Mehmed VI
Caliph 
 1517–1520 (first)
Selim I
 1922–1924 (last)
Abdülmecid II
Grand Vizier 
 1320–1331 (first)
Alaeddin Pasha
 1920–1922 (last)
Ahmet Tevfik Pasha
LegislatureGeneral Assembly
 Unelected upper house
Chamber of Notables
 Elected lower house
Chamber of Deputies
History 
 Founded
c. 1299
1402–1413
1453
1876–1878
1908–1920
23 January 1913
1 November 1922
 Republic of Turkey established
29 October 1923
3 March 1924
Area
1451690,000 km2 (270,000 sq mi)
15213,400,000 km2 (1,300,000 sq mi)
16835,200,000 km2 (2,000,000 sq mi)
18442,938,365 km2 (1,134,509 sq mi)
Population
 1912
24,000,000
CurrencyAkçe, Para, Sultani, Kuruş, Lira
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Sultanate of Rum
Anatolian beyliks
Byzantine Empire
Kingdom of Bosnia
Second Bulgarian Empire
Serbian Despotate
Kingdom of Hungary
Kingdom of Croatia
League of Lezhë
Mamluk Sultanate
Hafsid Kingdom
Aq Qoyunlu
Hospitaller Tripoli
Kingdom of Tlemcen
Empire of Trebizond
Principality of Samtskhe
Despotate of the Morea
Zeta
Turkey
Hellenic Republic
Caucasus Viceroyalty
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Revolutionary Serbia
Albania
Kingdom of Romania
Principality of Bulgaria
Eastern Rumelia
Emirate of Asir
Kingdom of Hejaz
OETA
Mandatory Iraq
French Algeria
British Cyprus
French Tunisia
Italian Tripolitania
Italian Cyrenaica
Sheikhdom of Kuwait
Kingdom of Yemen
Sultanate of Egypt

During the 16th and 17th centuries, at the height of its power, under the reign of Suleiman the Magnificent, the Ottoman Empire was a multinational, multilingual empire controlling most of Southeastern Europe, Central Europe, Western Asia, parts of Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, Northern Africa, and the Horn of Africa. At the beginning of the 17th century, the empire contained 32 provinces and numerous vassal states. Some of these were later absorbed into the Ottoman Empire, while others were granted various types of autonomy over the course of centuries.

With Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul) as its capital and control of lands around the Mediterranean Basin, the Ottoman Empire was at the centre of interactions between the Eastern and Western worlds for six centuries. While the empire was once thought to have entered a period of decline following the death of Suleiman the Magnificent, this view is no longer supported by the majority of academic historians. The empire continued to maintain a flexible and strong economy, society and military throughout the 17th and for much of the 18th century. However, during a long period of peace from 1740 to 1768, the Ottoman military system fell behind that of their European rivals, the Habsburg and Russian empires. The Ottomans consequently suffered severe military defeats in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, which prompted them to initiate a comprehensive process of reform and modernisation known as the Tanzimat. Thus, over the course of the 19th century, the Ottoman state became vastly more powerful and organised, despite suffering further territorial losses, especially in the Balkans, where a number of new states emerged.

With the 1913 coup d'état bringing the nationalistic and radical Committee of Union and Progress to power, the empire allied itself with Germany hoping to escape from the diplomatic isolation which had contributed to its recent territorial losses, and thus joined World War I on the side of the Central Powers. While the Empire was able to largely hold its own during the conflict, it was struggling with internal dissent, especially with the Arab Revolt in its Arabian holdings. During this time, genocide was committed by the Ottoman government against the Armenians, Assyrians, and Greeks.

The Empire's defeat and the occupation of part of its territory by the Allied Powers in the aftermath of World War I resulted in its partitioning and the loss of its Middle Eastern territories, which were divided between the United Kingdom and France. The successful Turkish War of Independence led by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk against the occupying Allies led to the emergence of the Republic of Turkey in the Anatolian heartland and the abolition of the Ottoman monarchy.

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