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Bandits and Bureaucrats
by Karen Barkey
Why did the main challenge to the Ottoman state come not in peasant or elite rebellions, but in endemic banditry? Karen Barkey shows how Turkish strategies of incorporating peasants and rotating elites kept both groups dependent on the state, unable and unwilling to rebel. Bandits, formerly mercenary soldiers, were not interested in rebellion but concentrated on trying to ...more
Unknown Binding, 304 pages
Published December 31st 1994 by Cornell University Press
(first published November 1994)
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Was the 17th century really a period of decline for the Ottomans? Were the celali rebellions a symptom or symbol of imperial weakness? No, says Barkey, rather it was a adaptive imperial strategy of inclusion rather than exclusion, or, incorporation of and negotiation with dissidence. Unlike European states of the time, who experienced peasant, class-based rebellions, the Ottomans experienced nothing like this. Instead, Barkey shows how state patronage and negotiation allowed bandits to be creati ...more