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The Ottoman Empire stood at a crossroads of intercontinental trade, stretching from the Balkans and the Black Sea region through the present day Middle East and most of the North African coast for six centuries up to World War I. The articles in this volume by a leading economic historian examine its economic institutions, the long term performance of the Ottoman economy and explore the reasons for the longevity of this large empire. Until recently, historiography had depicted an empire in decline after the 16th century. These articles argue, however, that the Ottoman state and society showed considerable ability to reorganize and adapt to changing circumstances through selective institutional change, well before the reforms of the nineteenth century. They also make the case that, until the 19th century, standards of living in many parts of the empire were not very different from those prevailing in most parts of continental Europe.
This volume contains seven articles by Prof. Dr. Halil Sahillioğlu related to various topics in Ottoman economic and social history. The articles, previously published in various books and journals, were revised by the author for this publication. Most of them focus on periodically recurring phenomena closely related to the structure of the Ottoman economy and history of society, such as problems of money and circulation, techniques of coinage, revenues and expenditures of the treasury, and various other themes.
This major contribution to Ottoman history is now published in paperback in two volumes: the original single hardback volume (1994) has been widely acclaimed as a landmark in the study of one of the most enduring and influential empires of modern times. The authors provide a richly detailed account of the social and economic history of the Ottoman region, from the origins of the Empire around 1300 to the eve of its destruction during World War One. The breadth of range and the fullness of coverage make these two volumes essential for an understanding of contemporary developments in both the Middle East and the post-Soviet Balkan world. The text of volume one is by Halil Inalcik, covering the period 1300-1600. The second volume, written by Suraiya Faroqhi, Bruce McGowan, Donald Quataert and Sevket Pamuk, continues the story to 1914. Each volume examines developments in population, trade, transport, manufacturing, land tenure and the economy, and extensive apparatus and bibliographic information is provided for students and others wishing to pursue the subject in more detail. Both volumes will be fundamental to any future discussion of any aspect of Ottoman history.
This collection of essays in honor of John C. Alexander, professor of Ottoman and Turkish history at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Written by former students and colleagues, the papers concentrate of topics of interest to Professor Alexander, namely Ottoman Christian communities, the Ottoman Balkans and the Greek lands. The authors follow in the footsteps of Alexander’s scholarly philosophy of questioning existing theories and the need to find evidence to support them. The volume includes work by noted Ottomanists such as Suraiya Faroqhi, Heath Lowry and Gilles Veinstein.
To a large extent the present volume deals with merchants established on Ottoman territory for a long time. Whether they were subjects of the sultans or not will be considered of secondary importance; but many if not most of them probably fell into that category. 'Hard to pin down' traders also occur; in particular we have included a number of studies discussing people who started their lives as Ottoman subjects but whose business activities took them to Venice or the Habsburg territories, where some of them struck roots. Such situations after all form part of the life stories of merchants anywhere; and given the broad expanses of sea and land that many Mediterranean traders traversed, it makes sense to adopt as broad a perspective as possible.
General manager of the Ottoman Bank from 1975 to 1986 and member of the Bank Committee from 1980 to 1990, André Autheman traces the history of a banking institution, which has survived more than a century. Combining systematically the archives of the Bank in Paris, London and Istanbul, he reconstitutes its evolution from its earliest days (1856) to the 1924 agreement, where it lost its imperial privileges. In fact, the contribution of André Autheman is in other respects his point of view of a historian with the advantage of being from the "inside" to unveil the history of the Bank through its triple role in an disintegrated empire in the middle of westernization, economic crisis and world war.