Trial By Fire – The Ottoman Empire in the 19th Century
In 1836 the Ottoman Empire was a shell of its former self. Plagued by domestic issues and facing an increasingly hostile Russia and Egypt, it was a nation that faced destruction from with as well as without. At the time the fate of the Ottoman Empire was still uncertain. The Reforms by Mahmud II early in his reign proved unsuccessful, but the later part he was able to pass much more beneficial reforms and was a key figure in the turnaround of the Empire.
With Mahmud II on the throne and his son, Abd-ul-Mejid to succeed him, the future of the Ottoman Empire looks bright as the reforms that were instated start to take shape and new reforms are in the near future. What that means for the cash strapped, technologically inferior nation of the near east is a chance to return to greatness.
Sultan Mahmud II (1808-1840)
The furthest extent of the Ottoman Empire
The lands of the Ottoman Empire in 1836
The Balkans and the western half of the Empire
The eastern half of the Empire