R313 Winter 2019 The Fall of Constantinople and the Rise and Fall of the Ottoman Turks
Tuesdays, 11:50–1:15, Jan. 22–Feb. 12
Instructor: Pat McGinty
The Eastern Roman Empire (Byzantine) ceased to exist with the fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Turks on May 29, 1453, and was replaced by the Ottoman Empire. Like the Eastern Roman Empire, the Ottoman Empire experienced rapid growth and became the dominant geopolitical power in the eastern Mediterranean, only to suffer a fate similar to its predecessor. Join us as we try to answer the questions: How and why do world powers rise and fall, and are there lessons to be applied to today’s geopolitical arrangements?
Patrick McGinty, an OLLI member, is a retired naval officer with an MA and PhD in history from Georgetown University. He has taught various history, political science, and psychology courses in Texas, Maryland, and Virginia. His areas of specialization at University of Maryland University College were the history of terrorism, the history of violence in America, and the history of substance abuse in America.