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Ottoman Empire’s Golden Age: A Discussion of the Process of Centralization’s Power and Importance

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While superlatives are often used to describe and explain several geopolitical systems that have existed since the beginning of time, it is not hyperbole to say that the Ottoman Empire was one of the world’s longest-lived, wealthiest, and most powerful empires. The Ottoman Empire’s great prosperity and influence stemmed from its location at the crossroads of commerce between Asia and Europe. The Ottomans were able to gain a great deal of wealth by controlling and managing the commerce that circulated constantly between East and West while occupying this strategic chokepoint. The Ottoman Empire, as the Byzantines before it, acted as a connection between Europe and Asia, benefiting immensely from the revenues of the trade that was constantly pouring through these geographical borders. This period is regarded as the Ottoman Empire’s Golden Age. While there are numerous identifications and definitions about how the Ottoman Empire was able to wield such power, military might, and cultural dynamism, the aim of this analysis would be to discuss and analyze how a pervasive and nearly continuous process of centralization can ultimately be understood as the defining force that enabled the Ottoman Empire to wield such power, military might, and cultural dynamism.

Whereas other, smaller forces became dominant, rich, and then disappeared almost mysteriously through history, the Ottoman Empire was able to oversee and ensure that the continued strength and prosperity that such a process had previously been able to integrate was furthered into the future by this process of centralization – particularly during its Golden Age. It should be remembered that the centralisation mechanism is not a one-dimensional process. Rather, the only one-dimensional feature of centralisation is the extent to which a central authority in the power hierarchy supervised, regulated, assessed, and guided virtually any decision taken within the state/Empire. As a result, several examples of what centralisation entails would be explored and examined in order to provide the reader a comprehensive view of how centralisation impacted the Ottoman Empire. Furthermore, the author would be able to outline specific practices and unique ways that the Ottoman Empire used in coping with its broad, multi-religious, and multiethnic populace by defining the degree and extent to which centralisation played in ensuring that the Ottoman Empire stayed resilient and powerful.

Ottoman Empire's Golden Age: A Discussion of the Process of Centralization's Power and Importance

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