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They placed their hope in a 14-point plan drawn up by US president Woodrow Wilson, which guaranteed self-determination of peoples. The Allies did not write their true intentions into the agreement. The spirit of the armistice was broken with the Allied occupation in early 1919 of the Black Sea Coast and, later, Constantinople itself. The Armenians were given rule of Eastern Anatolia and the Greeks were allowed to invade Izmir. The British had already taken control of Egypt and Cyprus and added Iraq, Jordan and modern-day Israel.
He died two years later and the throne passed to Orhan’s second son, Murad I, who brought Edirne and the Balkans into the empire. Murad I and his son, Bayezit, transformed the dynasty into a proficient military and administrative state. Power was centralized in the hands of a dominant sultan. Murad I AN ELITE ARMY Bayezit introduced an efficient system of collecting taxes from the subjects of the empire that restricted the traditional nomadic lifestyle of Turks. By 1365, they had established a regular army, known as the Janissaries, a well-trained and loyal force of soldiers who helped the Ottoman Empire to spread.
Incompetent chiefs were deposed and replaced by another who had proven himself in politics and warfare. 20 n History THE CONQUEROR OF CONSTANTINOPLE By the mid-15th century under the rule of Mehmet II, the Ottomans plotted to overthrow Constantinople. Bayezit had come close to taking the city before being derailed by Tamerlane. Mehmet was more determined. Rumeli Hisar (Image courtesy Turkey Tourism Board) Constantinople had fallen into a dilapidated state under the Byzantines, though it was still considered a great prize because of its location.