- Code MEAS2002
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies
- Areas of interest Arab and Islamic Studies
- Academic career UGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2015
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The Ottoman State grew from a principality (c. 1300) into one of the world’s greatest powers and lasted for 640 years. As a ghazi state the Ottomans confronted the Byzantines, contributing to their decay. Mehmed II with his conquest of Istanbul put an end to the Byzantine Empire in 1453 and set out to build a new empire on its economic and cultural heritage.
At its peak in the sixteenth century the Ottoman State spread across three continents. European colonial penetration and the rise of nationalism undermined the vitality of Ottoman State and Empire came to an end after the First World War. The Turks however, reunited and founded a new modern state after the War of Independence. The modern Turkish state is secular and is expecting to become a member of the European Union. Turkey today acts as a bridge between the East and the West. It is strategically one of the most important countries in the post-cold war world.
The emphasis in this course will be on topics that will facilitate an understanding of both the Ottoman and modern Turkish state. Political, military and administrative systems of the Ottomans, as well as continuity and differences between the Ottoman and modern Turkish state will be discussed through introducing interrelated themes.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
With this course students will :-
(a) develop and extend their knowledge and understanding of political, military and administrative systems of the Ottoman Empire as well as the forces and principles behind the formation of the Modern Turkish Republic;
(b) Become familiar with the historical and political aspects of the campaigns undertaken by the Ottomans and be able to analyse them critically;
(c) Be exposed to a range of the major works on the history and culture of the Ottoman State and the early period of Modern Turkey.
This course may be counted towards a History major or a Turkish major.
One 3,000-word essay (50%), and either a two hour examination or a 2,000 word essay (40%) and tutorial assessment (based on attendance, reading and performance) (10%).
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Two one-hour lectures and one one-hour tutorial per week
* Finkel, C., Osman's Dream: The Story of the Ottoman Empire 1300-1923, John Murray, 2006\
* McCarthy, J., The Ottoman Turks: AN Introductory History to 1923, Longman 1997.
* Imber, C., The Otoman Empire, 1300-1650: The Structure of Powers, Palgrave Macmillan, 2002.
* Goffman, D., The Ottoman Empire and Early Modern Europe, Cambridge University Press, 2002.
* Ahmed, F., The Making of Modern Turkey, Routledge, 1993.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|3206||16 Feb 2015||06 Mar 2015||31 Mar 2015||29 May 2015||In Person||N/A|