The Ottoman Empire

Course Dates: 16/01/23 - 27/02/23
Time: 19:30 - 21:00
Location: Online
The course chart the journey of the Ottoman Empire, through conquest to consolidation, and reform to dissolution, considering major political events, and their impact on the Sublime State's subjects.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £109.00 Concession £55.00

Course Code: HWH93

Mon, eve, 16 Jan - 27 Feb '23

Duration: 7 sessions (over 7 weeks)

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What is the course about?

Ruling an empire spanning three continents for almost half a millennium, the Ottoman Empire is one of the most important polities in world history. The Sublime State, as the Ottomans called their own empire, encompassed a diverse population, and a complex range of institutions that changed considerably over time. During its long history, the Ottomans went through a series of peaks and troughs in terms of their military and economic power, sometimes a result of their own policies, sometimes thanks to events very much beyond their control. A place of fabulous wealth, beauty, and sophistication, it could also be violent and oppressive.

This course will use a range of recent scholarship on the Ottoman Empire, informed by a diverse array of written and material sources, to discuss the rise and demise of the Ottomans. We will think about its history from the reign of Sultan Mehmed II, conqueror of Constantinople, until the end of the First World War.

The course will look at key political and military events in Ottoman history but will also try to think about what Ottoman rule looked like in the provinces, and how the big events of high politics affected the lives of the millions of anonymous subjects who kept the sultans and their armies fed and supported.

We will also consider how this state adapted to change over time, why it survived so long – and why it ended in tragedy.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- Who were the Ottomans?
- How did they run their empire?
- How did they manage diversity?
- What was the secret of their success, and what ultimately caused the empire's fall?
- How do the Ottomans compare to other contemporary empires?

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Describe why and how the Ottoman Empire rose to prominence.
- Assess and understand key moments in Ottoman expansion and the main causes of decline.
- Understand the experiences and culture of the ordinary people who lived in the Ottoman Empire.
- Describe the aftereffects of fall of the Ottoman Empire and its legacies in the Middle East and South-Eastern Europe.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an introductory course and does not assume any previous study or reading although you will need a good grasp of English to keep up with the topics. As with most of our history and current affairs courses, intellectual curiosity and an open mind are more important than specific previous knowledge.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught by tutor presentation with images, maps and video clips. There will be opportunities for group discussion and some tutor-guided analysis of documents. You are encouraged to look at materials for each session on Google Classroom before each class.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You will find a notebook (or electronic device) useful if you wish to make notes. A ring binder or other folder could be useful for storing handouts.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

HWH94 Partition in the Middle East: Palestine & Cyprus
HPC105 The Iranian revolution
HPC106 Postcolonial nation building and Islam in South and Southeast Asia post-1945
HWH96 The Global Cold War
HPC120 Understanding Greek politics.

We’re sorry. We don’t have a bio ready for the tutor of this class at the moment, but we’re working on it! Watch this space.