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Asian Empires in the Nineteenth Century

November 4, 2012

Sultan Abdülmecid I, leader of the Tanzimat reforms (reigned 1839-1861)

Below please find two web questions on the Ottoman, Russian, Chinese, and Japanese empires during the nineteenth century. These were written by your classmate, Sundes Ambreen. Remember to respond to one of these questions with an answer of a paragraph or more.

  • What factors drove the Ottoman Empire’s decline?
  • This textbook chapter examines four societies in the nineteenth century: the Ottoman, the Russian, the Chinese, and the Japanese. If you had to go back in time, and you were given the choice to live among one of these four, which would you choose and why?
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  1. Syed permalink
    November 21, 2012 9:42 pm

    There were a lot of factors that lead to ottoman empire’s decline. Major reason behind the ottoman’s decline was financial instability . Military decline and territorial loses forced ottoman’s to financial dependence on European loan which became a huge problem for them. Their economical structure is blamed for the financial failure, also the reforms and reorganization did not worked out properly. Because of their dependency of foreign investment they were heavily influenced by the foreigner which trigger their downfall.
    If I had to go back time, I would like to chose live in ottoman empire. This empire lasted for seven hundred years. If a empire can lasts for this long there mast be something special about that palace. This was a vast and huge empire with people from all sort of difference back grounds and community. ottoman empire also connected from Europe to Asia. It is a place were lots of cultures mixed and still people lived a decent and peaceful life.I would also like to live there because of my religious belief. Plenty of religious holy place were situated in ottoman empire.As of now, I still want to visit those places.

  2. Ebru Oktayer permalink
    December 1, 2012 4:00 pm

    The decline of the Ottoman Empire can be attributed to a series of weak Sultans, their outdated military and a series of wars that crippled its resources, and lose of its territories. They no longer had the economic resources to run its vast empire, and that coupled with poor leadership signaled its deterioration. Add to that the rise in the Young Turk movement and an army coup that all but eliminated the Empire in everything but name.

  3. shahid khan permalink
    December 5, 2012 5:57 am

    Factors drove the Ottoman Empire’s decline is they were working as hard as they used to. Their neighbor started to get stronger institution and introduced modern arms, and expanded. The Ottomans were still living in the old fashioned and became lazy as time passed. This gave other countries a chance to conquer their territories. Their economy was also becoming problem and they had less income to give out to the people in needs and own. The population was getting out of control and cities became weaker. The empire was getting behind of the new development and losing territories.

  4. Jotty permalink
    December 16, 2012 3:10 pm

    Many factors have been considered to the decline of the Ottoman Empire. In the military field, the Ottoman empire had lost its military power.The Janissaries corps which represented a mighty political force within the Ottoman state became uncontrollable and neglected their military training and turning their eyes away to the advancement of weapons technology.As the capacity of its military decline, the Ottoman empire couldn’t maintain its authority over the territories that it had gained either and was forced to recognize their independence. Moreover the Ottoman empire had several economic difficulties that it couldn’t resolve. Its economic development depended profoundly on foreign loans which consumed more than half of its revenues.If I had to go back in time to live among these four empire, I would choose the Japanese empire. Unlike its others three counterparts, its reform led to the birth of a new Japan which become powerful in the economic, political and military field.

  5. Richard Cabral permalink
    December 18, 2012 5:37 am

    A couple of things helped with the decline of the Ottoman Empire, form social and economical pressures, to the lost of territories. Also relying on the European powers to keep the nation together. The decline in the military strength of the empire and the several loses that they had. The lost in military strength came from a lost of strength in the central government. One of the more devastating loses was losing Egypt. If i had to live among the four, i guess Japanese( well as long its like i’m transformed into one of them otherwise as a foreigner there would be too many troubles living there. Though if i did well for myself i wouldn’t have to worry about many things.

  6. Xing Hui Lu (Richard) permalink
    December 19, 2012 11:25 pm

    If I were to be able to go back to I would have chosen the Ottoman Empire, but not because of its size, but because of how developed the empire was. The rulers such as Mehmed the Conqueror was fierce, and brought down many other empires such as the Byzantine Empire. I would be leaving in a state of expansion knowing that I would be able to get my hands on more land. Along with the land, I would also be sure that I would be safe because of the ghazis, and military technology.

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