Empire of Difference The Ottomans in Comparative Perspective

ISBN-10: 0521715334

ISBN-13: 9780521715331

Edition: 2008

Authors: Karen Barkey

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This book is a comparative study of imperial organization and longevity that assesses Ottoman successes as well as failures against those of other empires with similar characteristics. Barkey examines the Ottoman Empire's social organization and mechanisms of rule at key moments of its history, emergence, imperial institutionalization, remodeling, and transition to nation-state, revealing how the empire managed these moments, adapted, and averted crises and what changes made it transform dramatically. The flexible techniques by which the Ottomans maintained their legitimacy, the cooperation of their diverse elites both at the center and in the provinces, as well as their control over economic and human resources were responsible for the longevity of this particular 'negotiated empire'. Her analysis illuminates topics that include imperial governance, imperial institutions, imperial diversity and multiculturalism, the manner in which dissent is handled and/or internalized, and the nature of state society negotiations.
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Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 6/23/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 360
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

An Imperial Model
Empire: An Analytic Framework
The Longevity of Empires: Critical Concepts and Issues
Emergence: Brokerage across Networks
A Frontier Society: Contradictions, Constraints, and Opportunities
Osman: The Construction of a Network (1290-1326)
The Internal Boundaries of the New State
Appendix to Chapter 2
Becoming an Empire: Imperial Institutions and Control
From Conquest to Imperial Domains
Establishing a Strong Center: Patrimonial Army and Peoples
Establishing Provincial Rule and Managing Frontiers
Establishing Control: A Segmented Society and a Flexible Economy
Legitimating a Normative Order
Conclusion: The Role of Islam
Maintaining Empire: An Expression of Tolerance
Ottoman Tolerance: Marking the Boundaries
The Devshirme
The Surgun
A Capacious Administration of Difference
Institutional Genesis
Alternatives to Religious Community
The Absence of Intercommunal Violence
The Social Organization of Dissent
Persecuting the Past: Heterodoxy under Fire
Seyh Bedreddin
The Kizilbas (Redheads)
Islamic Ultra Orthodoxy and Jewish Messianism: Dissent in the Seventeenth Century
The Transformation of the Eighteenth Century
An Eventful Eighteenth Century: Empowering the Political
A Short Historical Account of the Eighteenth Century
State Power and Social Forces: Three Episodes of Learning the Politics of Opposition
The Edirne Event: 1703
The Patrona Halil Revolt: 1730
The Sened-i Ittifak: 1808
A Networking Society: Commercialization, Tax Farming, and Social Relations
Tax Farming and Commercialization
The Extension of Ottoman Tax Farming
The Brave New World of Trade
Reworking Elite Networks: Institutions, Actors, and Activities
Notables, State Positions, and Tax Farms
Notables and Trade
The Transitional Modernity of Notables
On the Road out of Empire: Ottomans Struggle from Empire to Nation-State
Toward State Centralization
Decentralization, Decline, or Restoration under Federalism: The Role of Tax Farming
Minorities at Risk: Toleration Unraveled and the Construction of "Bounded Identities"
Religion and Legitimacy
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