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Ottoman Project questions 2Sya i am the Ottoman empire....Do i have any alliences or...

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moocow554 | Student, Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted February 8, 2012 at 1:33 AM via web

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Ottoman Project questions 2

Sya i am the Ottoman empire....Do i have any alliences or treaties with members at the conference that may force me to negotiate in a way favorable to them? Is so, who, and what type of treaty?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 8, 2012 at 2:10 AM (Answer #2)

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What conference are we talking about here?  The Ottomans had various alliances over the very long time that their empire existed.  They had an alliance with France, for example, as far back as the 1530s.  They were, of course, allied with Germany in WWI.  But it would be very difficult to answer your question in detail without knowing what conference you are talking about.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 8, 2012 at 3:00 AM (Answer #3)

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During World War I, the Ottoman Empire formed an alliance with Germany.  This made them enter the war, and they were then fighting as allies of Germany as one of the Central Powers.  The Germans needed the Ottomans to fight Russia.

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Karen P.L. Hardison | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted February 8, 2012 at 8:09 AM (Answer #4)

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Are you speaking of the Brussels Conference Act of 1890 that was signed by seventeen European countries, including the Ottoman Empire, and aimed at end the already dwindling slave trade? Signatories of the Conference Act included Germany, France, Great Britain, The United States, and The Ottoman Empire. When World War I came and the Ottoman Empire fought with Germany, that caused conflict with France, Great Britain and the U.S.

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 8, 2012 at 8:27 AM (Answer #5)

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The Ottoman Empire signed a treaty in 1914 with Germany (the Turco-German Alliance). The treaty came about given the pressure of Germany given the fear the the Ottoman Empire might fall without it.

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 8, 2012 at 7:06 PM (Answer #6)

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The answer to this question depends very much on what particular strategic alliance you are talking about here. Clearly the possibilities outlined above are going to curtail the Ottoman Empire in your hypothetical question from working in a particular way, as #4 amply demonstrates given the way that the Act curtailed slavery.

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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 8, 2012 at 9:53 PM (Answer #7)

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The question could be referring to the Conference at the Congress of Berlin in 1890, where the Balkans were rearranged among the European powers. The Ottoman Empire didn't have any formal alliances at that conference, in fact Germany, led by Otto von Bismarck, Russia were interested in removing the weakened Ottoman Empire from Bulgaria. This they did, more or less, making Bulgaria a semi-autonomous region under Ottoman influence. They also limited Ottoman (and for that matter, Russian) influence in Bosnia, which fell under the Austrian sphere of influence. The Ottoman Empire was isolated at the conference, a situation that reflected its declining status as the "sick man of Europe."

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