The Ottoman Empire In The Late 19th Century

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The Ottoman empire reached its peak during the !6th century and slowly began its descend. By the 19th century, the empire was riddled with incompetent rulers which allowed for power struggles within. Rival ministers, religious experts, and the commanders of the Janissary corps competed, further eroding effective leadership. There was no control over the vast resources and great population of the empire. The Provincial officers and the landowning class, ayan, took the opportunity to control taxes, and skimmed revenues. The corruption of the bureaucracy depleted the resources need to maintain a large land empire. Additionally, the artisans could not keep up with imported manufactured goods from Europe. This led to artisan riots with guild members
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