Home > Terms > English, UK (UE) > Ottoman Empire

Ottoman Empire

Empire built by Anatolian Turkish tribes. It lasted from the 14th century until 1922. The ruling dynasty was established in about 1300 by Osman, who instigated nearly 200 years of expansionary wars. Ottoman military success was in no small measure due to the corps of Janissaries. In 1453 the Ottomans captured Constantinople (Istanbul), the last stronghold of the Byzantine empire, which became their capital. The empire reached the height of its power during the 16th century under Suleiman the Magnificent, dominating central Europe and the Middle East. Thereafter it went into a gradual but irreversible decline. The empire nevertheless showed great resilience and was overthrown only after its defeat during World War I.

This is auto-generated content. You can help to improve it.
Collect to Blossary

Member comments

You have to log in to post to discussions.

Terms in the News

Featured Terms

Katrin Talan
  • 0


  • 0


  • 0


Industry/Domain: Places Category: Residences

Lombard Street

A street in San Francisco, California is famous for its steep, one-block section, featuring eight hairpin turns. Section is located in the Russian ...


Featured blossaries

People of Renaissance

Category: Arts   1 19 Terms

Greek Mythology

Category: History   1 20 Terms

Browers Terms By Category