Ottoman Empire

Introduction

Ottoman Empire ŏt´əmən [key], vast state founded in the late 13th cent. by Turkish tribes in Anatolia and ruled by the descendants of Osman I until its dissolution in 1918. Modern Turkey formed only part of the empire, but the terms Turkey and Ottoman Empire were often used interchangeably.

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