The Ottoman Empire not only preserved its rule and dominance over the largest land area, spread over three continents, surviving as the longest-living dynasty in history, but also formed the infrastructure for the Turkish republic with its political. Social and cultural heritage. It is accepted that the Turkish Republic is the legitimate successor of the Ottoman State.
It is obvious that the scientific, cultural and artistic activities, which have been taking place within the context of the 700th anniversary celebrations, have helped us to a better understanding of the unique position of the Ottoman Empire in world history.
"The Great Ottoman-Turkish Civilisation", prepared by Yeni Turkiye, to date, has been the most comprehensive study concerning the Ottoman State. One of the significant peculiarities of this study, in which the Ottoman Empire is examined as a whole with its political, social and economic structure and civilisation, is that it brings together Turkish and foreign scholars who specialise in Ottoman history. In addition, this works is of significance not only for the culture of our country, but also for that of the world.
This study is unique in that it will form a comprehensive and scientific source for new generations that may have an interest in learning about the history of our Republic.
I am grateful to Yeni Turkiye for preparing such a comprehensive and magnificent work on the Ottoman Empire, especially when it is taken into consideration that just over a year ago, they published a five volume special issue in commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the Republic of Turkey; I hope that this study will be a useful source for scholars and researchers.
Minister of Culture