The Ottoman Empire began as one of the small states in the Turkish region. It emerged in the regions of the Asia Minor during the time of the breakdown of the empire and the rule of the Seljuk Turks. During the reign of the Muhammad II (1451 – 1481), they had ended all the rule of all the remaining Turkish dynasties. The earliest phase of the expansion of the Ottoman Empire began during the rule of the Osman I.

The Ottoman Empire witnessed several moments of historical importance. The World War II represented quite a unique and exceptional event during which the experience of suffering in the war was quite common. The devastation of the cities along with the slaughtering of civilians abolished the distinction between the rear and the front lines. The history of the Ottoman Empire demonstrates the common experiences of the Central, Western, and Southeast Europe and puts them in perspective of the brutality shown by the Balkan peoples.

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