The Fall of Constantinople
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50Minutes.com provides a clear and engaging analysis of the Fall of Constantinople. In May 1453, Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire, fell to the Ottomans after a 53-day siege. This conquest marked the end of the mighty Roman Empire and a key point in the Ottoman advance to the West. The collapse of the Byzantine Empire is a major event in European history, and is seen by some as signalling the end of the Middle Ages in Europe.
In just 50 minutes you will:
• Understand the historical, political and social context of mid-15th century Europe
• Identify the two forces in the battle and their reasons for fighting
• Analyse the outcome of the battle and its role in the end of the Byzantine Empire and the golden age of the Ottomans
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