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Ottoman Reforms and Social Life

Reflections from Salonica, 1830-1850


This work is a study of the city of Salonica in the nineteenth century, a period during which the Tanzimat reforms were being introduced across the Ottoman Empire.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-61719-094-0
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Publication Status: In Print
Publication Date: Jun 11,2010
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 269
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-61719-094-0
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Based on archival research, Bülent Özdemir’s Ottoman Reforms and Social Life is a case study of how the Tanzimat (‘reorganisation’) reforms were applied to the multi-ethnic Ottoman city of Salonica. Besides offering new insights into nineteenth century Salonica, Özdemir’s work also contributes to the greater literature on the reform and modernisation process occurred in the Ottoman Empire. Özdemir’s approach, which differs from the traditional view, is that the Ottoman administration began the reforms after having observed the social and economic changes occurring in the Ottoman Empire. This diverges from the common belief that the reforms were solely behind change. Özdemir also challenges the notion that Ottoman society remained rigid until the Tanzimat reforms of the nineteenth century. Instead, he argues that reform was something inherent to the Ottoman Empire rather than the simple importation of outside ideas.

Based on archival research, Bülent Özdemir’s Ottoman Reforms and Social Life is a case study of how the Tanzimat (‘reorganisation’) reforms were applied to the multi-ethnic Ottoman city of Salonica. Besides offering new insights into nineteenth century Salonica, Özdemir’s work also contributes to the greater literature on the reform and modernisation process occurred in the Ottoman Empire. Özdemir’s approach, which differs from the traditional view, is that the Ottoman administration began the reforms after having observed the social and economic changes occurring in the Ottoman Empire. This diverges from the common belief that the reforms were solely behind change. Özdemir also challenges the notion that Ottoman society remained rigid until the Tanzimat reforms of the nineteenth century. Instead, he argues that reform was something inherent to the Ottoman Empire rather than the simple importation of outside ideas.

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Bülent Özdemir

  • TABLE OF CONTENTS (page 9)
  • ACKNOWLEDGMENTS (page 10)
  • PREFACE (page 13)
  • INTRODUCTION: The Sources (page 15)
  • PART I THEORIES AND METHODS (page 21)
  • I A CRITICAL REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE ON THE TANZIMAT (page 23)
  • 2 THE PATTERN OF REFORMS IN THE DECADES LEADING UP TO THE TANZIMAT (page 55)
  • PART II THE STUDY: SOCIO-ECONOMIC ASPECTS (page 69)
  • 3 SALONICA: ON THE EVE OF THE TANZIMAT (page 71)
  • 4 THE COMMERCE OF SALONICA (page 91)
  • 5 AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION ,PEASANTS AND THE REFORMS (page 137)
  • 6 LOCAL ADMINISTRATION, FUNCTIONARIES AND THE REFORMS (page 157)
  • PART III SOCIO-CULTURAL ASPECTS (page 177)
  • 7 MUSLIMS OF SALONICA AND THE REFORMS (page 179)
  • 8 THE JEWS OF SALONICA AND THE REFORMS (page 189)
  • 9 THE ORTHODOX COMMUNITY OF SALONICA AND THE REFORMS (page 207)
  • 10 GENERAL CONCLUSION (page 231)
  • APPENDIX A (page 241)
  • APPENDIX B (page 248)
  • GLOSSARY (page 256)
  • BIBLIOGRAPHY (page 258)