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Introduction: The battle of Ankara and its consequences

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On 28 July 1402, a great battle was fought on a plain outside Ankara. In the Battle of Ankara, the Ottomans were completely crushed and their Sultan was taken prisoner. Contingents from the absorbed Anatolian beyliks crossed over to their former lords, who were on Timur's side, and Sultan Bayezid was left with his janissaries and Serbian vassals. Understanding the civil war of 1402-1413 is an essential prerequisite for understanding the development of the Ottoman Empire. This chapter is the first full-length study of the period. Its aim is twofold: to provide a reliable narrative of the events of the years 1402-1413 and to identify and discuss some of the major themes and problems that emerge from the study of this period of Ottoman history.

Keywords: Anatolian; Battle of Ankara; Ottoman empire



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