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The Russian and Ottoman Empires

Compare and Contrast
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Jennifer Whelehan

on 8 April 2013

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Transcript of The Russian and Ottoman Empires

The Russian and the Ottoman Empires Both the Ottoman and Russian empires were ruled by expansionists. This allowed for cultural diffusion, and the empires became ethnically diverse. However, the amount of land that was conquered caused the fall of both empires as well. Lack of ruling and social unrest also played factors. Peasants were very unhappy. They were working all the time, they weren't educated, and their financial situations kept worsening. Inflation was ridiculous, and the people couldn't handle the economic pressure. The peasants caused uprisings in both empires. The Russians were Russian Orthodox, but many other religions were also practiced within the empire.

The Ottoman rulers were Muslim, but the people were a variety of different religions. Non-Muslims had to pay a tax. Civilizations outside of the Ottoman empire practiced different variations of Islam than the Ottoman rulers. This sometimes caused conflicts. Both empires weren't very advanced, though the Ottomans were more advanced than the Russians. The Russians missed out on the Renaissance because of Ivan the Terrible, though Catherine the Great brought Enlightenment ideas and encouraged westernization.

The Ottomans were considered the "Sick Man of Europe". The empire had built schools, hospitels, and had advancements in literature, architecture, and craft making. Both the Ottoman and Russian Empires were ruled by absolute monarchies. Russia was ruled by a tsarist autocracy, and the Ottomans absolute ruler was called a sultan. Similarity! Keep going! Both the Ottoman and Russian empires traded and were agriculturally based. This allowed for the empired to be independent even though there was a demand for foreign products. When the economy worsened, taxes went up, and inflation became a big problem. DIFFERENCE - WRONG WAY. Similarity! Keep going! DIFFERENCE- WRONG WAY. Similarity! Keep going! Similarity! Keep going! The Ottoman and Russian empires were very similar when it came to social, economic, and political ways of life. Differences included religions and advancements. Lead me out with similarities between the Russian and Ottoman Empires. I'm free!
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