An Economic and Social History of the Ottoman Empire, 1300-1914

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Cambridge University Press, 1994 - Business & Economics - 1026 pages
The Ottoman Empire was one of the major empires of modern times, covering an area extending from the borderlands of Hungary to the North African coastal areas. This book provides a richly detailed account of its social and economic history, from its origins around 1300 to the eve of its destruction during World War I. In the four chronological sections, each by a leading authority, developments in population, trade, transport, manufacturing, land tenure and the economy are charted and analysed; an appendix examines Ottoman monetary history over the entire period. The breadth of its range and the fullness of its coverage make this an essential book for understanding contemporary developments in both the Middle East and the post-Soviet Balkan world.
 

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Contents

General introduction i
1
ECONOMY
9
A THE ECONOMIC MIND
44
The state treasury and budgets
77
STATE LAND AND PEASANT
103
Land possession outside the miri system
120
Land surveying
132
Settlements
155
Bibliography
623
THE AGE OF THE AYANS
637
Population and migration
646
The elites and their retinues
658
Peasants and pastoralists
680
Merchants and craftsmen
695
The state and the economy
710
Trade
724

TRADE
179
general conditions
188
Bursa and the silk trade
218
The Black Sea and Eastern Europe
271
The India trade
315
Northerners in the Mediterranean
364
Bibliography
380
CRISIS AND CHANGE
411
economic crisis and partial recovery
433
regional interregional and international
474
Finances
531
The ruling elite between politics and the economy
545
Social life in cities
576
Symbols of power and legitimation
609
Bibliography
743
Overview of the nineteenth century
761
Population
777
Transportation
798
Commerce
824
Agriculture
843
Manufacturing
888
Bibliography
934
MONEY IN THE OTTOMAN
947
Bibliography
981
List of weights and measures
987
Glossary
995
Index
1003
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A prominent scholar in Middle Eastern history for nearly half a century, Halil Inalcik was born in Istanbul, Turkey, and received his Ph.D. from the University of Ankara in 1942. He taught at his alma mater from 1943 to 1972, when he accepted a professorship in Middle Eastern history at the University of Chicago, where he was professor emeritus. An authority on the Ottoman-Turkish period, particularly in the field of social and economic history, Inalcik lectured widely at major universities and international conferences and has written numerous articles and books in both Turkish and English.

Quataert is Professor of History, Binghamton University.

Suraiya N. Faroqhi is Professor of History at Istanbul Bilgi University. Her publications include The Ottoman Empire: A Short History (2004), Artisans of Empire: Crafts and Craftspeople Under the Ottomans (2009) and, as editor, The Cambridge History of Turkey, Volume 3: The Later Ottoman Empire, 1603 1839 (2006).

Sevket Pamuk is Professor of Economic History, Bogazici University, Istanbul.

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