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The successive waves of Turkic migrations had driven unrelated individuals and groups across central… The Ottoman state to The political, economic, and social institutions of the classical Islamic empires were amalgamated with those inherited from Byzantium and the great Turkish empires of Central Asia and were reestablished in new forms that were to characterize the area into modern times.
Origins and expansion of the Ottoman state, c. Those nomads, migrating from Central Asia, established themselves as the Seljuq dynasty in Iran and Mesopotamia in the midth century, overwhelmed Byzantium after the Battle of Manzikertand occupied eastern and central Anatolia during the 12th century.
The ghazis fought against the Byzantines and then the Mongols, who invaded Anatolia following the establishment of the Il-Khanid Ilhanid empire in Iran and Mesopotamia in the last half of the 13th century.
With the disintegration of Seljuq power and its replacement by Mongol suzerainty, enforced by direct military occupation of much of eastern Anatolia, independent Turkmen principalities—one of which was led by Osman—emerged in the remainder of Anatolia.
Osman and Orhan Following the final Mongol defeat of the Seljuqs inOsman emerged as prince bey of the border principality that took over Byzantine Bithynia in northwestern Anatolia around Bursacommanding the ghazis against the Byzantines in that area.
Hemmed in on the east by the more powerful Turkmen principality of Germiyan, Osman and his immediate successors concentrated their attacks on Byzantine territories bordering the Bosporus and the Sea of Marmara to the west. The Ottomans, left as the major Muslim rivals of Byzantium, attracted masses of nomads and urban unemployed who were roaming through the Middle East searching for means to gain their livelihoods and seeking to fulfill their religious desire to expand the territory of Islam.
The Ottomans were able to take advantage of the decay of the Byzantine frontier defense system and the rise of economic, religious, and social discontent in the Byzantine Empire and, beginning under Osman and continuing under his successors Orhan Orkhan, ruled —60 and Murad I —89took over Byzantine territories, first in western Anatolia and then in southeastern Europe.
It was only under Bayezid I — that the wealth and power gained by that initial expansion were used to assimilate the Anatolian Turkish principalities to the east. The Ottomans lacked effective siege equipment, however, and were unable to take the major cities of Bithynia.
Orhan began the military policy, expanded by his successors, of employing Christian mercenary troops, thus lessening his dependence on the nomads. Orhan soon was able to capture the remaining Byzantine towns in northwestern Anatolia: He then moved against his major Turkmen neighbours to the south.
The consequent entry of Ottoman troops into Europe gave them a direct opportunity to see the possibilities for conquest offered by Byzantine decadence. Ottoman raiding parties began to move regularly through Gallipoli into Thrace.
Huge quantities of captured booty strengthened Ottoman power and attracted thousands from the uprooted Turkmen masses of Anatolia into Ottoman service. Cantacuzenus soon fell from power, at least partially because of his cooperation with the Turks, and Europe began to be aware of the extent of the Turkish danger.
Constantinople itself was bypassed, despite the weakness and disorganization of its defenders, because its thick walls and well-placed defenses remained too strong for the nomadic Ottoman army, which continued to lack siege equipment.
Renamed Edirnethe city became the new Ottoman capital, providing the Ottomans with a centre for the administrative and military control of Thrace.
As the main fortress between Constantinople and the Danube Riverit controlled the principal invasion road through the Balkan Mountainsassured Ottoman retention of their European conquests, and facilitated further expansion to the north.
The Byzantine emperor John V Palaeologus tried to mobilize European assistance by uniting the churches of Constantinople and Romebut that effort only further divided Byzantium without assuring any concrete help from the West.
Murad next incorporated into the rapidly expanding empire many European vassal s. He retained local native rulers, who in return accepted his suzerainty, paid annual tributes, and provided contingents for his army when required.
That policy enabled the Ottomans generally to avoid local resistance by assuring rulers and subjects that their lives, properties, traditions, and positions would be preserved if they peacefully accepted Ottoman rule. It also enabled the Ottomans to govern the newly conquered areas without building up a vast administrative system of their own or maintaining substantial occupation garrisons.The history of Palestine is the study of the past in the region of Palestine, generally defined as a geographic region in the Southern Levant between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River (where Israel and Palestine are today), and various adjoining lands.
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The history of Palestine is the study of the past in the region of Palestine, generally defined as a geographic region in the Southern Levant between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River (where Israel and Palestine are today), and various adjoining lands.
Situated at a strategic point between Europe, Asia, and Africa, and the birthplace of . The first period of Ottoman history was characterized by almost continuous territorial expansion, during which Ottoman dominion spread out from a small northwestern Anatolian principality to cover most of southeastern Europe and Anatolia.
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It is unclear when the ancient city was founded, but evidence has been found showing that an urban center in the area existed in the 4th millennium BCE. Ottoman Empire: Ottoman Empire, empire created by Turkish tribes that grew to be one of the most powerful states in the world in the 15th and 16th centuries.