The Fall of Constantinopleby Ruth Tenzer Feldman
How did the loss of one city change the history of Europe? In the Middle Ages, Constantinople's perfect geographic locationpositioned along a land trade route between Europe and Asia as well as on a strategic seaway from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean made the city extremely desirous, and as a result, prone to attack. Under the control of the Roman and Byzantine Empires, Constantinople became known as "the Eye of the World," a center of government, trade, art, religion, and learning, and was even more desirous. Rulers built three sets of walls to protect Constantinople from attacks by Asiatic tribes. But the city's fall to the Turkish Ottomans in 1453 marked the official end of the Byzantine Empireand the end of the Middle Ages. Learn how the fall of Constantinople became one of history's most pivotal moments.
Meet the Author
Ruth Feldman lives in Portland, Oregon, after many years in the Washington, D. C. area. She is the author of a number of books for Lerner Publishing Group, including: The Korean War, The Mexican-American War, World War I, How Congress Works, as well as the star-reviewed Don't Whistle in School, and a number of Presidential Leaders biographies.
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