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Bandits and Bureaucrats

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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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J.M. Hushour
Feb 14, 2013 J.M. Hushour rated it really liked it
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
Apr 20, 2009 Revolutionarywtgrrl rated it it was ok
Not good; doesn't differentiate between state formation in and empire vs. nation-state; questionable theoretical assumptions; little in the way of source material
Cevat Sucu
Jun 06, 2011 Cevat Sucu rated it liked it
I think it is good book eloborating the centralization in the Ottoman history from comparative method. Book is critisized; however, the main point is good.
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