|Also called: Turkish Empire the former Turkish empire in Europe, Asia, and Africa, which lasted from the late 13th century until the end of World War I|
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An empire developed by the Turks between the fourteenth and twentieth centuries; it was succeeded in the 1920s by the present-day republic of Turkey. At its peak, the Ottoman Empire included, besides present-day Turkey, large parts of the Middle East and southeastern Europe.