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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.

The History of the Ottoman Empire Matthew Hayes

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    • 4.6 • 28 Ratings

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

    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 Christendom.
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    • 10 min
    Episode 8: The City of the World's Desire

    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.
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    • 36 min
    Episode 7: Enter Hungary

    Episode 7: Enter Hungary

    A new challenger takes the stage. The Ottoman Empire squares up against medieval powerhouse Hungary, led by brilliant strategist and national hero John Hunyadi. How will they fare against this new threat?
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    • 32 min
    Episode 6: It's Back, But What Is It, Anyway?

    Episode 6: It's Back, But What Is It, Anyway?

    We take a break from the narrative to explore what the Ottoman state actually looks like right now- the administration, the society, the political system. Then we dive back into the life of Murad II and the re-stabilization and expansion.
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    • 34 min
    Episode 5: Crisis and Recovery

    Episode 5: Crisis and Recovery

    In this episode, we see our nascent state lurch from one crisis to another, with its leaders selflessly putting their own interests before anyone else's. Will it collapse from civil war? Peasant uprising? Who knows?
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    • 29 min
    Episode 4: The Thunderbolt

    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 winning everything, right up until he wasn't. Lots of battles in this one, because frankly, that's all Bayezid did. I realize it's pretty long, but think of it as making up for my extended absence.
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    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

raulrey0 ,

FINALLY!

I’ve been dying for a good Ottoman Empire podcast. Some technical issues aside the podcaster is excellent and getting better. There hasn’t been an episode in a few months and the website is down so I really hope it’s still going.

Elric19999 ,

Podcaster is Great

Podcaster is dynamic and humorous, informative and well-paced podcast aside.

Kallinikos Gracchi ,

Inspiring

Great series, I’m having a lot of fun binging the episodes

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