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Abdülhamid 1

Sultan Abdülhamid 1

Sultan Abdülhamid 1.

(1717-1774) Ottoman sultan 1757-1774.
Abdülhamid studied with his mother, receiving an emphasis on history. He was isolated for the first 43 years of his life, and would as a sultan prove to be weak and easy to manipulate.
His contemporaries considered him to be gracious and most religious, and he was often called Saint; "Veli".
Despite his alleged weakness, many reforms are dated back to his reign, like restoration of the military system and the establishment of modern schools.


1725 March 20: Born, as son of Sultan Ahmed 3. He is quickly put in isolation by his brother, Mustafa 3.
1774 January 21: Succeeds his brother Mustafa 3, as sultan when he dies.
1787: War is declared on Russia.
1788: Ochakov is lost to the Russians.
1789 April 7: Dies, and is succeeded by his brother's son, Selim 3.

By Tore Kjeilen