The Ottoman legacy in the Balkans by Gisela Spreitzhofer

By Gisela Spreitzhofer

Seminar paper from the 12 months 2007 within the topic Politics - foreign Politics - zone: South East Europe, Balkans, grade: A, college of complex Internatl. reports (School of complicated foreign stories (SAIS)), path: The Balkans - From Fragmentation to What?, 10 entries within the bibliography, language: English, summary: 500 years of Ottoman sovereignty have certainly left major imprints at the Balkans. huge edifices and daily phrases spoken in several languages are, among others, residing tales of the imperial earlier. even if, there are opposing interpretations of the Ottoman legacy. the present view describes the Ottomans as alien intruders, blaming them for the Balkans’ perceived backwardness, while others see the period extra as a interval of mixing Turkish, Islamic, and Byzantine/Balkan traditions.

In order to prevent overgeneralizations and -simplifications, the inspiration of an “Ottoman legacy” needs to be desirous about warning for a few purposes. to begin with, the Ottoman empire used to be preceded by way of the Byzantine empire, which itself used to be the successor of the Roman empire. therefore, a few traditions wrongly ascribed to the Ottomans should be traced again so far as to the Romans. Secondly, a contrast needs to be made among what of this legacy is Islamic and what Ottoman. with none doubt, many Ottoman associations have been inherited from previous Islamic versions, however the Ottomans made their very own specific contributions in lots of fields. Thirdly, major nearby changes in the empire must be taken into consideration. ultimately, in a few cases the query of an Ottoman inheritance needs to be prolonged to the wider query of imperial inheritances simply because quite on the finish of the Ottoman period, the Balkans have been additionally topic to affects from the Austro-Hungarian and the Russian empire.

This paper is based within the following demeanour. i need to begin through offering assorted interpretations of the Ottoman legacy. subsequent, i'll describe a few continuities from the Ottoman interval that experience continued till this day sooner than rethinking old perceptions in and in regards to the Balkans. the next section will take care of the level to which the Ottoman previous has contributed to Yugoslavia’s disintegration within the Nineteen Nineties. A end will refill the paper.

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