Trace the rise and fall of the Ottoman Empire from its early beginnings to the the Treaty of Karlowitz (1699). Discuss why the Ottomans were so successful and what contributed to their decline.

            The Ottoman Empire was perhaps the most influential force in the Middle East and had the most far reaching consequences on the region’s political, military and cultural structure in the Middle East. The Empire was the dominant force for close to six and a half centuries and is said to be the main reason the modern political structure in the region. While the empire greatly benefitted the Middle Eastern economy at the time of its reign, it is said to have made the Middle east vulnerable to future losses and especially to the current political unrest and dilemmas. The Middle East is yet to recover from the consequences it suffered as a result of the vulnerabilities it was exposed to by the Capitulations of the Ottoman Empire.

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