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Noble Mancu woman in long qipao Transformation of the Qipao at Hong Kong Museum of History.

The rulers made a profit off the faction rivalries. The scholars were happy with the sultans, they were stable. Once the empire expanded, the sultans lost their local connections. Viziers, like the one shown above, held powerful positions. The rulers would involve their sons in their careers. Imperial succession ultimately weakened the empire.

WARRIORS: Armenian women, 1895. (To the right, Eghisapet Sultanian, great grandmother of musician Derek Sherinian during the 1895 Hamidian massacres, when the Armenians of Zeitun (modern Süleymanlı), fearing the prospect of massacre, took up arms to defend themselves from Ottoman troops.)

This especially attractive and well-preserved turban-shaped helmet is stamped with the mark used in the Ottoman arsenals. At least one turban helmet decorated in a style comparable to this example bears the name of Farrukh-Siar (r. 1464–1501), ruler of Shivran in the Caucasus.

Ottoman soldiers with a regimental standard awarded for their service in the First Battle of Gaza where they defeated the British, 1917.

Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire from 1913 to 1916.

Hector Horeau - Salle Hypostyle de Karnac, Egypte, 1841

Montenegrin. St. Tomlinović, Cernik - leader of the last Montenegrin military expedition against the Turks.