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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 decade ago

What happened to the Ottoman empire?

11 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    This subject takes a book to explain. Basically they chose to be on the wrong side during WWI after almost being fence sitters, the Russians had been after key cities for decades, the Arabs that were the major part of the empire were not loyal to it and it collapsed due to secret treaties and subterfuge right after WWI.

    Source(s): History studies The Middle East, A History sixth Edition as one specific source
  • 1 decade ago

    The Ottoman Empire essentially collapsed after WW1. The Ottomans chose the wrong side in the war and lost almost all their remaining colonial possessions in Europe and the Middle East as a result. However, their empire had been rotting from the inside long before that. Corruption, political infighting among factions and a series of weak or incompetent rulers were the primary causes. The Ottomans were commonly referred to at the time as "the sick man of Europe", a phrase variously attributed to the British prime minister William Gladstone or Tsar Nicholas I of Russia.

  • 1 decade ago

    The British and thier Arab allies (enter Lawrance of Arabia), defeated the Ottoman Empire during WWI. Part of the peace agreement was that the Ottoman Empire breaks up. But, it was bound to happen due to nationalism sweeping throughout the empire.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Ottoman Empire (see: names of the state) (1299 to 1922) was a Turkish state, which at the height of its power (16th - 17th centuries) spanned three continents (see: extent of Ottoman territories) controlling much of Southeastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, stretching from the Strait of Gibraltar (and in 1553 the Atlantic coast of North Africa beyond Gibraltar) in the west to the Caspian Sea and Persian Gulf in the east, from the edge of Austria and Slovakia and the hinterland beyond Ukraine in the north to Sudan and Yemen in the south. Ottomans began to see themselves as the rulers of a "Universal Empire" and heirs to both Roman and Islamic traditions, hence "unification of cultures". [1]

    The empire was at the center of interactions between the Eastern and Western worlds for six centuries. In the course of its lifespan, it undertook, more than once, programs of both Islamization and modernization (reform), blurring the difference between the West and the East.[2] The "golden age" of the Ottoman Empire reached its peak in the 16th Century during the reign of Suleiman the Magnificent. In different fields, this can be seen both in the architecture of Koca Mimar Sinan Ağa, and in the total domination of the Mediterranean by the Ottoman navy, led by Barbarossa Hayreddin Pasha.

    The Ottoman Empire was the only Islamic power to seriously challenge the rising power of Western Europe between the 15th and 19th centuries. With Istanbul (or Constantinople) as its capital, the Empire was in some respects an Islamic successor of earlier Mediterranean empires - the Roman and Byzantine empires.

    The empire steadily declined during the 19th century and met its demise after its defeat in World War I in the Middle Eastern theatre. In the aftermath of the war, the Ottoman government collapsed and the empire's lands were partitioned. The new countries created from the remnants of the empire currently number 40 (including the disputed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus).

    In Anatolia, an emergent Turkish national movement waged the Turkish War of Independence, leading to the foundation of the Republic of Turkey. The new republic abolished the Caliphate and Sultanate and declared the Ottoman Dynasty as persona non grata of Turkey. Fifty years later, in 1974, the Grand National Assembly of Turkey granted descendants of the former dynasty the right to acquire Turkish citizenship

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  • 1 decade ago

    There are gone as the rest of the other greatest empire does. History shows that none of the empires are forever, they come and gone. The fall will be up next after their rising.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I don't know, but I am grateful to them for ottomans.... I love ottomans...

    Sorry about the jocularity .... I like them!

    Peace & Love

  • 1 decade ago

    Bush flew a plane into it

  • 6 years ago

    Do y'all read before y'all give answers?

  • 1 decade ago

    It was dismembered after WWI

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