Today in Middle Eastern history: the Ottoman coup of 1807

First of all, Happy Fall of Constantinople Day. The May 29, 1807 coup that overthrew Ottoman Sultan Selim III (d. 1808) and replaced him with his cousin, Mustafa IV (also d. 1808, so you can see where this is going to wind up), isn’t as important an event in Ottoman history. But it does highlight one of the big levers in the 17th-18th century decline of the Ottoman state, a decline that would briefly be arrested in the early 19th century for reasons I’ll mention at the end.

Source: Today in Middle Eastern history: the Ottoman coup of 1807

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