The Rise and Fall of the Ottoman Empire

Ref: C3741224

Following in 1463 their capture of Constantinople, the Ottomans rapidly built an enormous empire that would shape world history and importantly challenge Imperial Christian Europe's Great Powers in a strategic and military struggle that culminated in the First World War. At its imperial zenith in 1684, when laying siege to Vienna the capital city of the Habsburg empire, the Ottomans together with Ming Dynasty in China and the Mughal Empire in India accounted for 75% of the world's productive wealth sharing approximately 25% each, with all Europe holding the balance. Yet in 2017 the once secular Republic of Turkey that succeeded the Ottoman empire in 1922 now faces existential choices, both politically and religiously, regarding its future. The course tracks the Ottomans as the successors to the two great Arab Islamic caliphates until the creation of modern Turkey in 1922.

Course aim

Once one of the world's great empires, the Ottoman's in 1922 became the Secular Republic of Turkey and today face existential choices regarding their future destiny.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Students need a level 2 qualification in English to join this course
  • Ideally, all that is required of learners is a enquiring mind coupled to a liking for history and an interest in current affairs.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify two seminal points in the expansion of the Ottoman Empire, explaining why.
  • Name two of the attempts to modernise the Ottoman structures of government and religious tolerance, first in the seventeenth then again in the nineteenth centuries.
  • What was the prime reason for the Ottoman empire joining the Central Powers alliance of Germany, Austria and Italy at the outbreak of World War One and not the Triple Entente of France, Russia and Great Britain?

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • I teach to my PowerPoint screen images of some 120 photographs, artworks, maps, diagrams, charts, cartoons, time- lines, and brief summaries. This assists learner involvement and discussion and so highly inter-active learning.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • The course is not accredited, with feedback and learner assessment very informal, nearly always in Q&A and group discussion whilst recognising that nearly all my learners will be retired, demanding courses that educate, inform and entertain.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Every learner has my reading list that details the books and websites I have used in preparing the course. This is included in a short course hand-out that covers all the course details with its objectives, scheme of work and session plans.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • Most do some prior research, but those who have attended my previous courses wait for the course handout and reading list.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here
  • A significant majority of learners look to join future WEA courses, preferring weekly sessional courses to the after lunch U3A 90 minutes chat format

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The Rise and Fall of the Ottoman Empire

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