The Ottoman Empire was a complex system of government that, at its height, combined an effective dynastic system, a unifying religion, and a powerful military force. In this activity you will examine three important elements of Ottoman rule to gain an understanding of why the Ottomans came to power and how their empire eventually collapsed.
Destination Title: Twenty-Five Lectures on Modern Balkan History
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Start at the Twenty-Five Lectures on Modern Balkan History Web site.
- Click on Lecture No. 3: "The Principles of Ottoman rule in the Balkans."
- Read the article, beginning with the section on Ottoman Principles. Take notes as you read.
After you have read the article, answer the following questions.