Making a Living in Ottoman Anatolia

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Centred on the socio-economic life of Ottoman Anatolia, this volume examines aspects of production, local and international trade, consumption and the role of the state, both at a local and a central level. Based on a wide array of data and adopting a variety of approaches, chapters range from the macro to the micro, from the overview of Anatolian economic resources to the in-depth examination of the petition language of provincial economic actors. Making a Living in Ottoman Anatolia thus offers the reader an entrée into the rich and varied socio-economic life of a central region of the Ottoman empire.

Contributors are Marc Aymes, Ebru Boyar, Metin Coşgel, Suraiya Faroqhi, Kate Fleet, Elena Frangakis-Syrett, Yonca Köksal, Mehmet Öz, Mehmet Polatel and Sadullah Yıldırım.

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Ebru Boyar, Ph.D. Cambridge University, is Professor at the Middle East Technical University, Ankara. Her publications include Ottomans, Turks and the Balkans: Empire Lost, Relations Altered (London, 2007) and A Social History of Ottoman Istanbul (Cambridge, 2010).

Kate Feet, Ph.D. SOAS, London University, is Director of the Skilliter Centre for Ottoman Studies, University of Cambridge. Her publications include European and Islamic Trade in the Early Ottoman State (Cambridge, 1999) and A Social History of Ottoman Istanbul (Cambridge, 2010).
‘This volume compellingly demonstrates the capaciousness of Ottoman economic history today. The contributions it contains enrich our understanding of a field of enquiry where so much remains to be done.’
Caroline Finkel in Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, Volume 85, Issue 1, February 2022, pp. 125-127.
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1 An Overview of Economic Life in Ottoman Anatolia
Ebru Boyar and Kate Fleet

2 Agricultural Production in Central Anatolia in the Classical Ottoman Period: an Investigation into the Sancaks of Aksaray, Ankara, Bozok and Çankırı
Mehmet Öz

3 The Economic Geography of Ottoman Anatolia: People, Places, and Political Economy around 1530
Metin Coşgel and Sadullah Yıldırım

4 Turkish-Genoese Trade in Northern Anatolia c. 1300–1461
Kate Fleet

5 Production and Trade of Cotton in Ottoman Western Anatolia c. 1700–1914
Elena Frangakis-Syrett

6 Working, Marketing and Consuming Ottoman Copper – with a Special Emphasis on Female Involvement
Suraiya Faroqhi

7 The Cihanbeyli and the Sheep Trade: from Provisionism and Semi-Nomadism to Liberal Economy and Sedentarisation
Yonca Köksal and Mehmet Polatel

8 The Draw of the Lottery: Piyango, Profit and Politics in Early Twentieth-Century İzmir
Ebru Boyar

9 The Fabric of Nizam: Uncertainty and the Activation of Economic Norms in Nineteenth-Century Provincial Contexts
Marc Aymes

All interested in the socio-economic history of Anatolia and of the Ottoman empire more generally, and in Anatolian trade in the Black Sea and the Mediterranean.
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