HSEM133 Project: Power and Society: the Ottoman Model


The project aims at complementing and deepening the students’ knowledge on the specificities of the Ottoman pattern of interrelations between society and power with a special focus on its manifestations in the Balkan provinces of the Empire. It is also meant to improve the students’ skills of written analysis and of oral presentation and discussion of papers.

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Югоизточно-европейски изследвания (на английски език)


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Описание на курса:


The students are acquainted with the most relevant literature and research in the field and with the current historiographical debates on the character and on the functioning of the Ottoman institutions and society in the 15th – 19th centuries, with a special focus on South-Eastern Europe.

The students improve their abilities of analysis and interpretation of primary and secondary sources as well as their individual written and oral performances.
Предварителни изисквания:
English language proficiency

Background in Humanities or related field

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Suggested Readings

Adanir, F. Tradition and rural change in Southeastern Europe during Ottoman rule. – In: Chirot, D. (ed.) The origins of backwardness in Eastern Europe: economics and politics from the Middle Ages until the early 20th century. Berkeley-Los Angeles-London, 1989.

Anastasopoulos, A. (ed.) Provincial Elites in the Ottoman Empire. Rethymno, 2005.

Darling, L. Revenue-raising and Legitimacy. Tax Collection and Finance Administration in the Ottoman Empire 1560–1660. Leiden-New York-Köln, 1996.

Davidova, E. Balkan transition to modernity and nation-states. Trough the eyes of three generation of merchants (1780s–1890s) (Leiden-Boston: Brill, 2013)

Eldem, E. and S.Petmezas (eds.) The economic development of Southeastern Europe in the 19th century. Athens, Apha Bank Historical Archives, 2011.

Faroqhi, S. (ed.), The Cambridge History of Turkey. Volume 3: The Later Ottoman Empire, 1603–1839. Cambridge, 2006.

Faroqhi, S. The Ottoman Empire and the world around it, 1540s to 1774. London, 2004.

Findley, C. V. Bureaucratic Reform in the Ottoman Empire: the Sublime Porte, 1789–1922. Princeton, 1980.

Goffman, D. Ottoman Millets in the Early Seventeenth Century. – New Perspectives on Turkey, 1994, II, 133-158.

Hayashi Kayoko and Mahir Aydın (eds.) The Ottoman State and Societies in Change: A Study of the Nineteenth Century Temettuat Registers. Kegan Paul: London, New York, Bahrein. 2004

Ianeva, Svetla. The non-Muslim tax-farmers in the fiscal and economic system of the Ottoman Empire in the 19th century. – In: Jørgen S. Nielsen (ed.) Religion, ethnicity and contested nationhood in the former Ottoman space. Leiden–Boston, BRILL, 2012, 47–62.

Ihsanoğlu, Ekmeleddin, “Ottoman educational institutions”, in Ottoman civilization, V. I., Halil Inalcık, Günsel Renda (eds.) (Ankara: Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture, 2004), pp. 345-85.

Inalcık, H. Military and fiscal transformations in the Ottoman Empire (1600–1700). – Archivum Ottomanicum 6 (1980).

Inalcık, H., D. Quataert. (eds) An economic and social history of the Ottoman Empire 1300–1914. Cambridge, 1994.

Inalcık, H. Studies in ottoman social and economic history. London, 1985.

Kafadar, C. Between two worlds. The construction of the Ottoman state. University of California Press, 1995.

Kasaba, R. (ed.) The Cambridge History of Turkey. Volume 4: Turkey in the Modern World. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008.

Kunt, I. M. The Sultan’s Servants: The Transformation of Ottoman Provincial Government, 1550–1650. New York, 1983.

McGowan, B. Economic life in the Ottoman Empire. Taxation, trade and struggle for land 1600-1800. Cambridge, 1984.

Moutafchieva, V. Agrarian relations in the Ottoman Empire in the 15th and 16th centuries. East European Monographs, Boulder, distributed by Columbia University Press, New York, 1988.

Rizk Khoury, D., State and provincial society in the Ottoman Empire, 1540-1834 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997)

Shaw, Stanford J., History of the Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey. Volume I Empire of the Gazis (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1978).

Средства за оценяване:

The final grade is based on the evaluation of an essay and on the evaluation of its presentation and discussion.