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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

    • Arts

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.

    Episode 7: Enter Hungary

    Episode 7: Enter Hungary

    The Ottoman Empire faces a new challenge from Hungary.

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

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

    An overview of the status of the state, followed by the rebuilding process.

    • 34 min
    Episode 5: Crisis and Recovery

    Episode 5: Crisis and Recovery

    The Ottoman Empire rocks from multiple crisis, but somehow manages to survive.

    • 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 winn...

    • 40 min
    Episode 3: Spreading Roots

    Episode 3: Spreading Roots

    The reign of Murad marks the last of the three legendary founders of the empire, and is a source of some of the institutions that would help define it.

    • 33 min
    Episode 2: State-Building

    Episode 2: State-Building

    We now turn to Orhan, the second of the three legendary founders of the Ottoman dynasty.

    • 33 min

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