Economic and Social History of the Ottoman Empire

Course Information
TitleΟικονομική και Κοινωνική Ιστορία της Οθωμανικής Αυτοκρατορίας / Economic and Social History of the Ottoman Empire
CodeΙΑΤ 703
SchoolHistory and Archaeology
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600016049

Programme of Study: Historical Research

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Neóterīs kai Sýnchronīs IstoríasElective CoursesWinter/Spring-15

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodSpring
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Understanding of the most characteristic aspects of the Ottoman economy and society An ability to compose pertinent papers
General Competences
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The seminar examines aspects of the social and economic life of the Ottoman Empire. Significant institutional and productive aspects of rural economy (crops, outputs, technology, timar, large land estates, vakfs), of urban economy (industry, guilds), of transactions (commercial exports and imports, modes of transport, capitulations), and of monetary circulation are examined on the basis of documents and significant modern studies. Moreover, aspects of the Ottoman social structures, like the social stratification and mobility, the position of women and non-Muslims in social hierarchies, banditry, the emergence of provincial elites in the 18th century, consumption and material civilization, agrarian and urban revolts etc are examined. In this context, students get acquainted with methods of qualitative and quantitative analysis of serial data extracted from bureaucratic sources as well as modes of critical appraisal of narrative sources. The seminar aims at familiarizing the students with the most significant issues raised by the study of socio-economic history of the Ottoman Empire, the available analytical methods, and the suggested answers offered in the international literature.
Ottoman Empire, economy, society
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
Course Organization
Student Assessment
Students have to present papers, selected chapters from books, and documents on a weekly basis. At the end of the semester, they prepare a brief paper on a particular topic based on the pertinent international literature and documents of the period.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative)
Additional bibliography for study
Σ. Ασδραχάς, Μηχανισμοί της αγροτικής οικονομίας στην Τουρκοκρατία (ιε-ιστ αιώνας), Αθήνα 1978. Του ιδίου, Ελληνική οικονομική ιστορία, Αθήνα 2003. K. Barkey, Bandits and Bureaucrats. The Ottoman Route to State Centralization, Ithaca 1994. I. Bierman, R.A. Abou-El-Haj & D. Preziosi (eds), The Ottoman City and Its Parts, N. York 1991. L. Darling, Revenue-raising and Legitimacy. Tax Collection and Finance Administration in the Ottoman Empire, 1560-1660, Leiden 1996. E. Eldem, D. Goffman & B. Masters, The Ottoman City between East and West. Aleppo, Izmir, and Istanbul, Cambridge 1999. S. Faroqhi, Towns and Townsmen of Ottoman Anatolia. Trade, Crafts and Food Production in an Urban Setting, 1520-1650, Cambridge 1984. H. Inalcik, The Ottoman Empire. Conquest, Organization and Economy, London 1978. H. Inalcik & D. Quataert (eds), An Economic and Social History of the Ottoman Empire, Cambridge 1994. H. Islamoğlu-Inan (ed.), The Ottoman Empire and the World-Economy, Cambridge, 1987. Z. Kazıcı, Osmanlı’da Vergi Sistemi, Istanbul 2005. Β. Mc Gowan, Economic Life in Ottoman Europe. Taxation, Trade and the Struggle for Land, 1600-1800, Cambridge 1981. Β. Μουταφτσίεβα, Αγροτικές σχέσεις στην Οθωμανική Αυτοκρατορία (15ος-16ος αι.), μτφ Ο. Αστρινάκη, Ε. Μπαλτά, Αθήνα 1990. Y. Nagata, Tarihte âyanlar, Ankara 1997. Ş. Pamuk, A Monetary History of the Ottoman Empire, Cambridge 2000. Ν. Τοντόροφ, Η Βαλκανική πόλη, 15ος-19ος αιώνας, μτφ. Ε. Αβδελά & Γ. Παπαγεωργίου, Αθήνα 1986. M. Van Den Boogert, The Capitulations and the Ottoman Legal System. Qadis Consuls and Beratlis in the 18th Century, Leiden 2005. E. Yi, Guild Dynamics in 17th Century Istanbul. Fluidity and Leverage, Leiden 2004.
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