Studies in Ottoman Social and Economic History

Inalcik, Halil
Date published: 
June 1985

This second folume of Professor Inalcik's studies - the first being The Ottoman Empire: Conquest, Organisation and Economy, now available again - provides re-interpretations of Ottoman history and periodisation and new analyses of its social and economic evolution, in particular its fiscal, military and agricultural structures, making use of statistical methods and modern demographic theory. One group of studies looks at the tensions that existed between the traditional tribal structures and the centralised state, and the role of ghazi and mercenary troups; another deals with Ottoman metrology and the use of slaves. Special attention is given to the relations between the state, the landowning élite and the peasantry, typifyied for example in the case of rice cultivation where the state encouraged massive expansion and exploitation of peasant labour.