Revenue-Raising and Legitimacy: Tax Collection and Finance Administration in the Ottoman Empire, 1560-1660

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BRILL, 1996 - History - 368 pages
This study examines for the first time the finance procedures and documents of the post-classical Ottoman Empire. It provides an overview of institutional and monetary history and a detailed description of assessment and collection processes for "Cizye, Avariz" and "Iltizam"-collected taxes, the documents produced by these processes, and the information they contain. The finance department's detailed record-keeping, procedural continuity, and provision of economic justice made it a bulwark of stability in a period of turmoil. For specialists, this book introduces a multitude of sources on the economic and social history of the post-classical age, while for comparativists it places the empire in its seventeenth-century context. It links Ottoman administrative change with early modern state formation and reformulates the seventeenth century as a period of consolidation, not decline.
 

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Contents

Classical Ottoman Finance
22
Price Inflation in the Ottoman Empire 15551655
36
The Ottoman Central Finance Department
49
Total Numbers of Salaried Scribes
59
Revenue Assessment by the Central
81
SeventeenthCentury Cizye
112
Taxation Without Assessment?
119
Tax Collection Remittance and Reporting
186
Arrears Accounting and BalanceSheets
213
Complaints and Corruption
246
RevenueRaising and Legitimacy
281
Glossary
307
Bibliography
325
Index
353
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Linda T. Darling, Ph.D. (1990) in History, University of Chicago, is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Arizona. She has published articles on the Ottoman fiscal system and finance documents.

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