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Ottoman Empire

Why was the Ottoman Empire important?

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June 10, 2010 11:42PM

This is a big question! (it's like asking what the meaning of life is, from a historian's perspective) You should probably read a good book about the subject, as it really can't be condensed in a Wiki-answers submission.

Sukru Hanioglu wrote a GREAT book about the Ottoman Empire, read it if you really want to know!

You need to know for homework, right? If so, research the Ottoman Empire's expansion into Europe, the literary and scholarly work done under the Ottomans, and the Tanzimat reforms... that should help you out!