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What was the extent of the Ottoman Empire?

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At various points throughout its millennium-long history, the Ottoman Empire controlled vast areas of territory.  The Ottoman Empire reached its greatest westward extent in the seventeenth century.  In 1683, the Ottomans laid siege to the city of Vienna.  Though they were ultimately unsuccessful, the fact they did so serves as testament to their influence and power in European affairs.  Until 1571 at the Battle of Lepanto, the Ottoman Empire...

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