Spring 2020 - HIST 350 D100

The Ottoman Empire and Turkey (4)

Class Number: 8071

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 6 – Apr 9, 2020: Wed, 1:30–5:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 22, 2020
    Wed, 3:30–6:30 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    45 units, including six units of lower division history. Recommended: one of HIST 151, 249.



A study of Ottoman society and the impact of Ottoman rule in the Middle East from the conquest of Constantinople to the death of Ataturk, the founder of the Turkish Republic. Emphasis will be on the conflict between preservation and reform in the nineteenth century and on the significance of the Ottoman legacy for twentieth century Turkey and the Arab world.


This course is an introduction to the political, economic, and social history of the Ottoman Empire from its emergence as a major European and Middle Eastern power in the early fourteenth century to its demise in the aftermath of World War I. It also covers the emergence of the Republic of Turkey, one of its principal successor states. We start by looking at the origins of the Ottomans as warlords on the frontiers of the fading Byzantine Empire in the early fourteenth century. We will then examine Ottoman expansion and methods of rule over a multi-ethnic, multi-religious empire during the fourteenth to eighteenth centuries; the lives of Ottoman men and women in both the imperial capital Istanbul and the provinces; the rise of provincial elite families to political and economic prominence; the making of a modern Ottoman state and the transformation of society through the encounter with European imperialism from the late eighteenth century; the making of the Turkish Republic in the aftermath of World War I; and the Ottoman legacy in the Middle East.


  • Take-Home exam 20%
  • Podcast Analysis 25%
  • Final Project (Paragraph outline and bibliography) 15%
  • Final Project Complete 20%
  • Tutorial and Class Participation 20%



Colin Imber, The Ottoman Empire, 1300-1650. The Structure of Power. Second Edition (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).

Donald Quataert, The Ottoman Empire, 1700-1922. Second Edition (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005).

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