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An Ottoman Century
by Dror Zeevi
Integrates court records, petitions, chronicles, and local poetry to provide a detailed account of the Jerusalem area in the 1600's both as a region with its own local history and culture and as a province of the Ottoman empire. Addresses such contemporary issues as imperial decline and decentralization, the rise of the notable elite, the urban-rur
Hardcover, 258 pages
Published August 1st 1996 by State University of New York Press
(first published July 1996)
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An excellent urban history which takes on decline paradigms, Weber, Wallenstein, and all kinds of other shit. Using the 1703 revolt in the city as his endpoint, Ze'evi uses the preceding century's political and social developments to show that, yes, Ottoman control was very decentralized and whatnot, but that still didn't stop a lively local political scene to evolve which revolted against Istanbul when centralization was attempted. The European trade presence was the periphery (not the Jerusale ...more