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The Ottoman Empire Lecture

The Ottoman Empire

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By understanding the dramatic story of the Ottoman Empire - from its early years as a collection of raiders and conquerors to its undeniable power in the 15th and 16th centuries to its catastrophic collapse in the wreckage of the First World War - one can better grasp the current complexities of the Middle East.

Over the course of these 36 enlightening lectures, investigate over 600 years of history that covers the nature of Ottoman identity, the achievements of the Sultan's court, and stories of confrontation and cooperation with the West.

Befitting a story of such epic scope and grandeur, every lecture is a treasure trove of historical insights into the people, events, themes, and locales responsible for shaping the story of this often-overlooked empire. You'll cover everything from Rumi, the whirling dervishes, and the importance of the sultan's grand viziers to the wars of Sultan Suleiman I, the shadowy politics of the Committee of Union and Progress, and the birth of the Turkish Republic under Kemal Atatürk.

Welcome to a fascinating story of the triumph and tragedy, war and peace, intellectual progress and civil insurrection of a great empire that, for all its glory and grandeur, has left an important legacy that will shape the future of the Balkan nation-states, the Turkish Republic, and the Arab world - and those of us in the West as well.

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    Justin New Glasgow, Nova Scotia 06-04-17
    Justin New Glasgow, Nova Scotia 06-04-17 Member Since 2016

    Audible could be an addiction.

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    "A+ Course by an A+ Professor"

    Harl is one the greatest professors with the Great Courses. I enjoyed every second of this largely unexplored area of world history.

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    khaledalyami001 Danabuckmir001 06-24-17
    khaledalyami001 Danabuckmir001 06-24-17 Member Since 2016
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    "This is an magnificent set of lectures!"

    I have listened to most of Professor Harl's lectures given by the teaching company through Audible, not to mention that I have listened to some set of lecture more than one time. I can say that I am very grateful for these lectures as they are very informative, interesting, engaging, and (to use the adjective Mr. Harl uses to Süleyman the Magnificent) magnificent, which is a word I rarely use to describe something.

    I have moved to Turkey about 6 months ago, and with the help of this course on Othoman Empire (even if I don't prefer to call it so) I was able to understand people and thing s happening around me. What I really liked though is Professor's Harl great effort to combine sources from the East and West seeking understanding some of the most controversial aspects of Othoman history.

    What I also like is the organization of this set of lectures in a way that has allowed me to understand the most important dates, events, turning points, and more in Othoman history and a little beyond :)
    I highly recommend it!

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    Floris Weston 06-21-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Good clear sum-up of the history for anyone who wants understand this period in time."

    A good distinction is made about why this empire was not "Turkish" or Arabic, but Muslim.
    Also, provides good background about the modern day conflicts between Serbia and Bosnia.



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    Yasser 06-12-17
    Yasser 06-12-17 Member Since 2017
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    "I HATE PROFESSOR KENNETH W.HARL"

    ok here is the thing I fucking love history and I don't mean to be disrespectful to Professor Kenneth W.Harl but i need to tell you this I've listened to almost all of his courses here on the great courses including but not limited to his course on Alexander the Great , his course on the Peloponnesian War and a couple more courses and let me tell you this I FREAKING HATE HIM I hate his organization which is all over the place I hate the way he talks I hate the way he sounds I hate the stupid way he says aaaaaand every couple of minutes I hate that he assumes always that you know geographical areas instead of explaining I hate that he doesn't summarize a topic in the end I hate that he doesn't emphasize great events and their consequences and I really really hate that he gets all the amazing topics I'm really interested in. By far by far the worst worst professor on the great courses you could learn a couple of things from his courses here and there but you will not finish the course feeling like you got a comprehensive knowledge about the era his course is talking about. I'm sorry professor maybe you're a great researches or something els but you sir in my opinion are not a good teacher and should stop teaching. Or at least please don't take all the good courses let somebody els teach them.

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