The Fall of Icarus: the Paradox of the Ottoman Centralization and the Abstraction of Timars

in Turkish Historical Review
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In the decades following the conquest of Constantinople the Ottoman administrative and military system underwent a major reorganization in the direction of centralization. The effort to some degree assured the state control over the feudal-like timar system and gave it its exceptional characteristic. However, the same endeavour in the long run made the state lose control over vast agricultural production. It was a paradox of centralization which made the Ottoman state firm but fragile.

The Fall of Icarus: the Paradox of the Ottoman Centralization and the Abstraction of Timars

in Turkish Historical Review

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