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...amalgamation and control, the Ottomans constructed a military and executive structure that was capable to penetrate the remote areas of the empire. More significant, they maneuverd a system in which the faithfulness of members of the military and administrative apparatuses was virtually unchallenged. The state made these men for its own aims and rewarded them through its own channels, tying their livelihood, rewards, and status to itself through methods of divide and rule. This was partly the reason for the long-lasting success of the state; even as economic and military ills hit them, officials looked for rewards from the state and tried to advance within the state apparatus rather than challenge it.
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