Review your notes of the factors that contributed to the creation of the absolutistist “gun-powder” empires (as discussed in class). Then, actively read the document, and answer the Questions to Consider on a separate piece of paper.
Would you consider this a positive or a negative account? Why?
How does the author evaluate the Ottoman army?
To what extent is Constantinople considered an attractive city by the author?
In what ways does this document reflect characteristics that help explain the longevity of the Ottoman Empire?