Chapter 4: Ottoman expansion in the East

In contrast to the lands to the west, what surrounded the Ottoman state to the north, south and east were political structures which had the same religious, ethnic and/or cultural roots. Thus eastward expansion was not for the Ottomans merely a territorial or economic matter but was, more importantly, a struggle to establish and strengthen their own existence and legitimacy.
Citation Formats
E. Boyar, Chapter 4: Ottoman expansion in the East. 2012, p. 140.