Post by H. İhsan Erkoç on Nov 2, 2010 0:40:37 GMT 3
Because sometimes their opponents were too much divided up between each other so it was rather easy for the Ottomans to hunt them all down one by one. Sometimes they had tactical, technological, etc advantages as well.
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The Ottomans used a very simple and efficient taxing system in Balkans. It was more like a mixture that carries clear marks of the former system. They tried to keep many economic practicses which were already running without any problem before them. On the other hand they abolished ploddery in many ways. That was quite motivational for peasants to think they were paying taxes in exchange of government services without any serfdom. Surely the lands were belong to Sultan but people were disposers of the property. This kind of ownership concept was not very common at all. 'Common peace' was center's bid and this was supported with a better taxation. It was even concessive compared to Anatolia.
There are different theories on its failure like discovery of the New World, merchantalism, neverending battles etc. but it's a different subject.
I never say it was perfect. Every system has its time but soldiers are only to win the battle. No matter how powerful your army is. Without economical stability not the lands with thousands of different people you can't even hold your wife at home ;D