Today in European history: the Fall of Constantinople (1453)

The Ottoman Empire was not the first Islamic power to threaten the Byzantine Empire, and in fact the empire was by this point in 1453 a hollowed out husk of its former glory. The Arab caliphates tried several times to besiege the city but never succeeded in taking it. But the Ottomans were the last Islamic… Continue reading Today in European history: the Fall of Constantinople (1453)

Today in European history: the Fall of Constantinople (1453)

The Ottomans were not the first Islamic power to threaten the Byzantine Empire, and in fact the empire was by this point in 1453 a hollowed out husk of its former glory. Successive waves of Turkish and Mongol invasions had taken almost all of Anatolia out of Byzantine control, and the Ottomans had by this point… Continue reading Today in European history: the Fall of Constantinople (1453)

Today in Middle Eastern/European history: the Fall of Constantinople (1453)

The Fall of Constantinople is one of the great milestones in world history, signifying the end of the last vestiges of the Roman Empire and the true ascendance of the Ottoman Empire as a great world power. For world historians, who generally put a period change around the year 1500, it’s one of the markers… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern/European history: the Fall of Constantinople (1453)

Today in Islamic history: the Ottoman coup of 1807 (oh, and Constantinople fell in 1453)

First of all, Happy Fall of Constantinople Day; it’s been 562 years since the city fell to the Ottomans and the Roman Empire more or less ceased to exist. Second, if you’re wondering why I’m writing about some obscure coup instead of one of the most important military victories in Islamic or European history, it’s… Continue reading Today in Islamic history: the Ottoman coup of 1807 (oh, and Constantinople fell in 1453)

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… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: the Ottoman coup of 1807

Today in European history: the Fall of Constantinople (1453)

I like to write (and read, for that matter) “this day in history” kinds of things, but I’m extraordinarily bad about actually checking to see if anything interesting happened on any given day. I know that doesn’t make any sense, but it is only slightly less silly than commemorating the 561st anniversary of something, which… Continue reading Today in European history: the Fall of Constantinople (1453)