Guild Dynamics in Seventeenth-Century Istanbul: Fluidity and Leverage

Guild Dynamics in Seventeenth-Century Istanbul: Fluidity and Leverage

by Eunjeong Yi, E. Yi
     
 

The Istanbul guilds of the Ottoman Empire witnessed a period of profound economic and political turbulence throughout the seventeenth century. Drawing on the kadi court records of Istanbul, the author explores issues of guild organization, questions the so-called traditionalism of Ottoman guilds, and examines the ability of the guilds to negotiate with the state

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Overview

The Istanbul guilds of the Ottoman Empire witnessed a period of profound economic and political turbulence throughout the seventeenth century. Drawing on the kadi court records of Istanbul, the author explores issues of guild organization, questions the so-called traditionalism of Ottoman guilds, and examines the ability of the guilds to negotiate with the state during times of peace, war and revolt. Not only does this study shed new light on the question of what the Ottoman guilds were and what they were capable of, but it also places the guilds of Istanbul into the wider, dynamic context of contemporary history. This work is a valuable addition to anyone interested in Ottoman social and political history.

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'…elegant, accessible, and convincing study…'
Maurits H. van den Boogert, Journal of Early Modern History, 2004.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789004129443
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
10/28/2003
Series:
Ottoman Empire and its Heritage Series, #27
Pages:
310
Product dimensions:
6.56(w) x 9.64(h) x 1.20(d)

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Meet the Author

Eunjeong Yi, Ph.D. (2000) in History, Harvard University, is a lecturer at Seoul National University.

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