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An Ottoman Century
by Dror Zeevi
Based on micro-level research of the District of Jerusalem, this book addresses some of the most crucial questions concerning the Ottoman empire in a time of crisis and disorientation: decline and decentralization, the rise of the notable elite, the urban-rural-pastoral nexus, agrarian relations and the encroachment of European economy. At the same time it paints a vivid p ...more
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