HIS 331C • History of the Ottoman Empire
This course is an introduction to the history of one of the last and greatest of the world empires. The Ottoman state lasted for more than six hundred years (1300-1922), extended its rule over vast territories in Europe, Asia and Africa (including over 25 present-day countries), and figured for centuries as a major player on the global scene. The course reviews the main developments in the empire's eventful history, from its origins as a small Turkish principality to its final breakup after World War I. Its thematic coverage includes an examination of Ottoman institutions and their adjustments to changing realities; the empire's role in international affairs and its fateful encounter with Europe's rising power; and the social, economic, and cultural life of its multiethnic population. The course combines lectures and class discussion.
Midterm exam-25%; final exam-40%; papers-25%; class participation-10%.
Daniel Goffman, The Ottoman Empire and Early Modern Europe. Abraham Marcus, The Middle East on the Eve of Modernity. Donald Quataert, The Ottoman Empire, 1700-1922. A course reader including supplementary readings and selections of primary sources.