The Protégé System in the Ottoman Empire and its Abuses
Salâhi R. Sonyel
Keywords: Protégé System, Ottoman Empire, History, Turkey
Following the establishment of regular diplomatic relations between the Ottoman Empire and foreign states in the sixteenth century, the Ottomans began to face what came to be known as the protégé system, which later proved to be the most dangerous threat to the very existence of their empire. This was the notion of foreign protection for the non-Muslim subjects of the Ottoman Empire.