The rise of the Ottoman Empire

In the late 13th century, Osman I established a small principality sandwiched between a crumbling Byzantine Empire and a weakened Sultanate of the Seljuk of Rum, in what is now Turkey. In just a few generations, this territory had outmaneuvered more powerful neighbors to become the vast Ottoman Empire. What enabled its rapid rise? Mostafa Minawi details the early days of the Ottomans.

Cite this page as: TED-Ed, "The rise of the Ottoman Empire," in Smarthistory, March 15, 2021, accessed July 18, 2024,