W4 Discussion Post:
What factors caused the downfall of the Ottoman Empire and what was the impact of the Ottoman Empire on the Middle East in terms of politics, economics, and culture?
“The West” was fascinated by the Ottomans. Everything about their world was enchanting and seemed so different from the stiffing West. The most enchanting was the “harem”. In truth, this was simply the portion of the home reserved for women, but the imagination of the Western traveler cooked up all sorts of images. Western art, especially in the 19th century, was obsessed with “The East” or “The Orient”. Provide some general reaction to the images below. What kind of impact would they have on a person who saw them? http://www.orientalistart.net/
Discuss the weakening of the Ottoman Empire in the 19th century and how this weakening affected the foreign policies of the other European powers. Further discuss why the Middle East fell so far behind Europe. Was the Ottoman Empire really the “sick man of Europe?” What was it doing to try to reform and how did that lead to more problems?
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