Ottoman Empire Acrostic
Ottoman Empire Acrostic – Chap 11.3 for Western Civ Class 4/20/2006.
Ottomans once ruled from Hungary to Algeria in the Middle East; their empire spanned vast portions of the Balkans, Middle East, and northern Africa.
Then, around the 1600, the Ottomans had difficulties adjusting as fast as their European neighbors; they soon fell behind.
They could not modernize because after Suleiman I, their last great sultan, died in 1566, many poor and weak successors quailed and split into rival factions; trouble was mounting as European nations smelled blood.
Only geopolitics could not save them; oil discoveries had nations fighting to get a part, while Russia desperately needed access to the Black Sea for trade.
Many Ottoman regions, like Greece and Serbia, felt nationalist feelings and wanted to split from the Ottoman Empire.
A Crimean War was fought against Russia, who needed easy access to the Black Sea for trade; the British and the French helped the Ottomans defeat Russia in 1856.
Not did the Ottomans recover; the war showed their military weakness, and they continued to lose land despite the help from the British and the French; by the start of World War I they only had a portion of their former size.