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.
Historical Tangents Episode 1: The Fourth Crusade
Stepping away from the main narrative to share things that I find interesting but that are only tangentially related, I bring you the story of the Fourth Crusade, aka that time they set out to capture Jerusalem and ended up sacking the biggest city in...
Episode 8: The City of the World's Desire
As Mehmed II took the throne at the tender age of eighteen, he knew he had to prove to all those dusty old men at court that he was worthy of the position. So he made a simple plan: conquer Constantinople.
Episode 7: Enter Hungary
The Ottoman Empire faces a new challenge from Hungary.
Episode 6: It's Back, But What Is It, Anyway?
An overview of the status of the state, followed by the rebuilding process.
Episode 5: Crisis and Recovery
The Ottoman Empire rocks from multiple crisis, but somehow manages to survive.
Episode 4: The Thunderbolt
This episode takes us from the highs of the Battle of Kosovo to the lows of the Battle of Ankara. The mercurial figure of Bayezid "The Thunderbolt" is a study in the value of humility, and the trouble you can get into by being overconfident. He was...
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Very informative, loving it so far!!
Based on how many sources we’re operating with I’m having a great time learning, I’ve finished a ton of history of Rome/history of Byzantium, and this is a great follow up given that this empire will own large swaths of the east. This podcast needed to be made and I’m grateful for it.