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The objective of the course to make the students familiar about social, economic and political structure of the later Ottoman state and society. The course analyzes the political, social and economic reasons of the Empire’s gradual decline and the peculiar influence of the rise of Western powers on Ottoman Empire.
The political and socio-economic structure of the Ottoman Empire during the phases of stagnation and decline. Foundations of Ottoman decline. The significance of the rise of the West. The transformation of administrative and military structures. Ottoman social and political modernization. Peculiar manifestations of the West and “the modern” in the Ottoman Empire. The rise of the issue of identity and belonging. The rise of political Islam. Nationalist upheavals. Center - periphery relations. Foreign affairs.
Upon succesful completion of this course, a student will be able to
1. Recognize the significance of the social, political and economic transformation in the declining period of the Ottoman Empire .
2. Discern the different patterns of modernization and the different ways of perceiving the West as a socio-political ideal.
3. Establish the links between the socio-political transformations in the later centuries of the Ottoman Empire and the modern Turkey.
4. Develop particular reasoning by making historical comparisons.
5. Develop complex argumentation skills in speech and writing.