Part One: Smurfs and The Logic of the Democratic Peace Thesis (Academic Clickbait)

The first part of my research landed me in a myriad of tangents, some of which were eventually relevant to the big picture (did you know that Britain and Iceland had militarized conflicts over fish for 20 years, with Iceland threatening to leave NATO each time? And that Britain also helped the Soviet Union attack Finland?), which is my excuse for publishing this blog post so late. See my abstract here for a sense of what I am trying to accomplish. I have added endnotes for irrelevant authorial commentary and to explain logic jargon, of which there is a small amount. Because of the methodology I selected, this report has evolved into a creature longer than any academic paper I have ever written. I was forced to cut corners when I realized that if I continued to review every explanation of the DPT I came across, I would probably not be able to finish my project on time. This is by no means a perfect paper. In fact, it is probably riddled with holes. Consider it an extremely rough draft of a working paper.

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An Analysis of Ottoman Trade and Its Effects on the Longevity of the Empire – Update 1

While researching Ottoman trade, I came to the realization that this was a more difficult topic than I had initially anticipated.  It can be difficult to conduct solid research on such a topic if one does not understand the language.  Unfortunately I do not speak Ottoman, nor Turkish, nor even Arabic, so I was forced to rely on secondary sources as opposed to primary sources for the most part.  At this point I have collected and read most if not all of my secondary sources and composed a rough historiographical essay comparing them.  This essay will provide me with a rough outline for my final product, in which I will come to my own conclusions regarding Ottoman trade.

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