Analysis Of During The Reign Of Sultan Abdulhamid II

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Life as an Ottoman Subject During the Reign of Sultan Abdulhamid II: The Resurrection of a Constitution
The power of the Ottoman Sultan knew no bounds, and the consequences of Abdulhamid II’s poor authority were felt by everyone but the Sultan. Anyone who supported the 1876 Ottoman Constitution was not an aid to the Sultan either which can be seen by the fact that he revoked the Constitution’s power early in his reign. All levels of people were affected by the Sultan’s expectations and actions, at the least from the removal of the Constitution. However, the calibre of change was dictated by each individual’s position within Ottoman society. It is the goal of this paper to explore multiple tiers of the Ottoman societal system to see how Abdulhamid II influenced his government and its
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Abdulhamid II’s vast sultanic power reached beyond the Ottoman Empire, and his questionable morals and choice of second tier leadership created systems of oppression, distrust and to certain members of the population, death.
The officials and confidants that Abdulhamid II chose and favoured speak to his character and values, since the actions of the officials would be a reflection of the actions that Abdulhamid II would have executed himself if given the chance. İzzet Holo Paşa is one such example. He was a favoured official under Abdulhamid II, and was hated by the general public. He was able to move up in rank and status by being “corrupt and clever”, which was how the Sultan had heard of him. His lack of public support and abundance of sultanic support speaks to the regard that Abdulhamid had in the opinions of his subjects. Their opinion on leadership choices was not valuable, and Fehim Paşa is another one of these officials. Fehim Paşa was chosen officially to run the secret police for Abdulhamid II’s palace, but also ran torture houses that were

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