Rise And Fall Of The Ottoman And Safavid Empires

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In this week’s chapter, it discusses a lot about the rise and fall of the Ottoman and Safavid Empires. In many dynasties, it is critically important to have a well balanced society and economy. Anderson displays many of the reasons why these two empires were so great during their time, but evidently loss of power and control of government can be a major turning point and, eventually, led to the decline of these empires. This specific chapter focus on the systems of governance that was established in each empire.
The Safavid Empire was one of the most significant ruling dynasties to have existed in the Middle East. This empire was established by Shaykh Safi al-Din but it was not till Shah Abbas’s reign that this empire became stronger. He monopolized revenues collected along the major trade routes and with established a more centralized administrative structure in the new capital, Isfahan. The Safavid dynasty relied their principles heavily on religious charisma and tribal military skills. Later leader of the Safavid empire Iran, Shah Isma’il, gave guidance to the Safavid people. His leadership and character gave him a great sense of appeal that attracted many other tribes from his home region. He had many military tactics that aided him to defeat neighboring towns and because he was a very respected leader, he gained more support from other tribes.
The Safavid Empire created sophisticated libraire and art centers they referred to as “Ateliers”. They admired Persian art
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