The Ottoman Empire and the World-Economy

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This collection of essays represents a departure from the traditional perspective, recently questioned by many scholars, from which Ottoman history is usually written. Central to the establishment of Western domination over the 'East' is the writing of its history in terms of Western hegemony, above all in the case of the Ottoman Empire, which has been characterised as static, irrational and authoritarian in contrast with the dynamic, rational, democratic West. This book contrasts sharply with conventional studies of the Ottoman Empire, based on this European world-view, that focus on political military, and cultural institutions. Following a series of general theoretical discussions about Ottoman social structure, the contributors turn to case studies directed either to theoretical problems or to 'facts' which suggest new avenues of conceptualisation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521526074
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/31/2003
  • Series: Studies in Modern Capitalism Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 481
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; List of tables; Acknowledgements; Introduction: 'oriental despotism' in world-system perspective Huri Islamoglu-Inan; Part I. Theoretical Approaches: 1. Late-eighteenth - early-nineteenth-century Egypt: merchant capitalism or modern capitalism? Peter Gran; 2. Agenda for Ottoman history Huri Islamoglu and Çaglar Keyder; 3. State and economy in the Ottoman Empire Ilkay Sunar; 4. The incorporation of the Ottoman Empire into the world-economy Immanuel Wallerstein, Hale Decdeli and Resat Kasaba; Part II. State and Agriculture: 5. State and peasants in the Ottoman Empire: a study of peasant economy in north-central Anatolia during the sixteenth century Huri Islamoglu-Inan; 6. The cotton famine and its effects on the Ottoman Empire Orhan Kurmus; 7. The Middle Danube cul-de-sac Bruce McGowan; 8. Commodity production for world-markets and relations of production in Ottoman agriculture, 1840–1913 Sevket Pamuk; 9. Primitive accumulation in Egypt, 1798–1882 Alan R. Richards; Part III. Industry and Labour: 10. Price history and the Bursa silk industry: a study in Ottoman industrial decline, 1550–1650 Murat Çizakça; 11. Notes on the production of cotton and cotton cloth in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Anatolia Suraiya Faroqhi; 12. The silk-reeling industry of Mount Lebanon, 1840–1914: a study of the possibilities and limitations of factory production in the periphery Roger Owen; 13. The silk industry of Bursa, 1880–1914 Donald Quataert; 14. A provisional report concerning the impact of European capital on Ottoman port workers, 1880–1909 Donald Quataert; Part IV. Trade and Markets: 15. The Venetian presence in the Ottoman Empire, 1600–30 Suraiya Faroqhi; 16. A study of the feasibility of using eighteenth-century Ottoman financial records as an indicator of economic activity Mehmet Genç; 17. When and how British cotton goods invaded the Levant markets Halil Inalcik; Notes; Index.

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