Ottoman Manufacturing in the Age of the Industrial Revolution

Hardcover (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $39.00
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 73%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (8) from $39.00   
  • New (3) from $115.03   
  • Used (5) from $39.00   


This book uncovers the rich, fascinating and complex world of Ottoman manufacturing and manufacturers in the age of the European industrial revolution. Focusing on small-scale home and workshop production, Professor Donald Quartaert reveals a dynamism that refutes traditional notions of a declining economy in the face of European expansion. He shows how manufacturers adopted a variety of strategies, such as reduced wages and low technology inputs, to confront European competitors, protect their livelihoods and retain domestic and international customers.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"As a study that presents a wealth of information about a little-studied aspect of manufacturing in the Ottaman empire, Quartaert's book constitutes a major acheivement. Those who are interested in industry, industrialization, and European economic influence in the Middle East will ignore this study at their peril." American Historical Review

"On the whole, Quataert's book is fascinating with respect to the rich material used in illuminating organizations of production in Ottoman manufacturing. The detailed accounts of the textile industry in various regions are valuable contributions to Ottoman economic history. His various points of view regarding Ottoman manufacturing revival are stimulating challenges in future research in this area." Journal of Economic History

"...a fascinating survey of manufacturing in the Ottoman Empire from the late eighteenth century until World War I....The work is clearly written with a wealth of detail that will amaze the specialist but will not overwhelm the general reader looking for an introduction to Ottoman socio-economic history and an understanding of European industrialization's influence on the rest of the world. This excellent monograph is a ground-breaking work on Ottoman manufacturing." Bruce Masters, Journal of Interdisciplinary History

"...impeccably researched and informative book on manufacturing in the Ottoman Empire in the nineteenth century...offers penetrating insights into crucial questions on the economic development of the Third World...Quataert's data collection, a research tour de force, is unlikely to be duplicated." Middle East Journal

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521420174
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2003
  • Series: Cambridge Middle East Library Series, #30
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
List of tables
List of abbreviations
Note on weights, measures and currencies
Introduction 1
Opening remarks 1
State policy 3
The historiography of Ottoman manufacturing 7
Ottoman manufacturing in comparative perspective 15
Pt. I Manufacturing for the domestic market 21
General introduction 23
1 Raw cotton, dyestuffs and yarn production 27
Raw cotton 27
Dyestuffs 29
Handspinning 31
Ottoman spinning mills 40
2 Trends in cloth production in the Ottoman lands from Salonica to Aleppo 49
The European provinces, Istanbul, West- and West-Central Anatolia 49
East-Central and East Anatolia 61
Aleppo and northern Syria 71
3 Patterns of cloth production in the Ottoman lands from Salonica to Aleppo 80
Introduction 80
The workforce 80
Organization of home and workshop production 84
Organization of production in privately owned mechanized weaving factories 90
The fall of international markets 93
Domestic markets 95
Struggles for the internal market against foreign competitors 96
Domestic competition for domestic markets 99
Pt. II Manufacturing for the international market 105
4 Silk cloth and raw silk production 106
Introduction 107
The silk cloth industry 109
The silk reeling industry 116
5 Carpet making 134
Introduction: patterns and trends in production 134
Changing rug designs 142
Dyestuffs 144
Wool yarn 148
Diffusion of rug making 150
Working conditions, the workforce and the division of labor 154
Conclusion 161
The decline of decline 161
Beyond the decline paradigm 167
Notes 178
Bibliography 207
Index 219
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)