Mosul before Iraq: Like Bees Making Five-Sided Cells

Mosul before Iraq: Like Bees Making Five-Sided Cells

by Sarah D. Shields
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791444880

ISBN-13: 9780791444887

Pub. Date: 06/28/2000

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Using original source documents, this book portrays nineteenth-century Mosul--a large city currently in Iraq's "no-fly" zone.

Drawing upon original source documents, Mosul before Iraq paints a portrait of the region during the turbulent nineteenth century. What emerges is a picture of citizens less focused on Europe or Istanbul and more on centuries-old

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Using original source documents, this book portrays nineteenth-century Mosul--a large city currently in Iraq's "no-fly" zone.

Drawing upon original source documents, Mosul before Iraq paints a portrait of the region during the turbulent nineteenth century. What emerges is a picture of citizens less focused on Europe or Istanbul and more on centuries-old relationships among its economic and social spheres. By arguing that the region belongs to a broader geographic, economic, and political space which crosses current national borders, the book explains the continuing conflict over the status of Mosul.

Like bees building unconventional cells, Mosul’s people innovated during the nineteenth century. They worked to incorporate new methods, new products, and new interactions into networks that they had already constructed in their crafts, their commerce, their city, and their region.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791444887
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
06/28/2000
Series:
SUNY series in the Social and Economic History of the Middle East Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
292
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.92(h) x 0.60(d)

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Table of Contents

Maps, Illustrations, Tables, and Figures
Note on Spelling
Acknowledgments

Introduction

Sources and Voices: The Scholars
Focus
Actors
Voices and Sources: The Characters
Outline

1. Mosul and Its Of

The Ottomans and Mosul
Mosul’s Government
Institutions of Government
Tanzimat: Centralization
Struggles for Power
Tanzimat: Taxation
Tanzimat: Non-Muslim Communities
Christians versus Christians
Challenge in the Mountains
Riots in the City
The Revolution of 1908
Conclusion

2. People of the City

Homes
Food and Water
Working Life
Textiles
Making Ends Meet
Foreign Trade, Local Government, and Con
Reform and Reaction
Conclusion

3. Merchants

1838: The Commercial Convention
Circles of Trade: Rafts and Donkeys
Circles of Trade: Mules
Circles of Trade: Camels
Circles of Trade: Steamships
Justice
Credit
Tolls, Taxes, and Monopolies
The Challenge of Counting
Foreign Trade, Regional Trade
Conclusion

4. Peasants and the City

Planting and Harvesting
Taxes
Credit
Land Ownership
Enforcement and Effects of the Land Reform Laws
Labor and Increasing Exports
Food, Scarcity, and Power
Conclusion

5. Nomads

Interdependence
Nomads, Sheep, and Wool
Government and the Politics of the Nomads
Conclusion

Conclusions and Suggestions

Politics and Foreign Trade Historiography
Epilogue: The Mosul Question
Permeable Boundaries, Impenetrable Borders
Creating a State: The Political Implications of Regional Trade

Appendix
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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