Today in Middle Eastern history: the Battle of Ankara (1402)

The Ottoman Empire was around for an impressive 624 years, from its (murky but generally accepted) beginnings in 1299 with the reign of Osman I (the guy who put the “Ottoman” in “Ottoman Empire”), to its official downfall in 1923. But historians have this irritating need to periodize everything, especially something that goes on for 624 years, and so if you want to study the Ottoman Empire you’ll usually find the material chopped up into chunks. One very good period point is 1453, for obvious reasons, because the conquest of Constantinople was a huge event that signifies the Ottomans’ rise to world power status. Another often-cited period break happened in 1402, at the Battle of Ankara, a battle that almost destroyed the Ottoman Empire before it really got going.

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