Studies on Ottoman Social and Political History: Selected Articles and Essays

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BRILL, 2002 - Social Science - 856 pages
This book comprises a collection of articles and essays published in a variety of journals during the past decades, which seek to identify and analyze mainly the internal forces which transformed the Ottoman State into a variety of national states in the Balkans and the Middle East. Kemal H. Karpat studies the transformation of "miri" (state) lands into private property, the subsequent rise of a new propertied middle class in the countryside with its own stratum of intellectuals and notables as preparing the rise of a civil order which embraced or rejected as the situation demanded the old statist philosophy and the new bureaucracy. The book studies migration as a key factor which brought many Muslim ethnic groups into Anatolia that produced a social restructuring and new modern Ottoman-Islamic-Turkish culture that formed the ethno-cultural roots of Republican Turkey.

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Although the writer is trying to explain and review the history of the Ottoman empire in depth, I was quite disappointed to read that Byzantine(Greece), Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia did not have a functioning political, economical, social and cultural system in place before the Ottomans took over the Balkans. The Balkans are historically recognized as the the cradle of the European civilization, older than Sumer, Akkad and Egypt. It seems to me that the book is one sided and biased, praising the Ottomans who held back the Balkans and clearly were trying to impose an old political and economic structure for nearly 500 years, the feudal system. Historians very often call the Ottoman empire the' sick' man of Europe because the empire was backwards and did not let the different ethnic minorities, Christians, to self determinate and move forward. If you consider yourself a knowledgeable and well informed you should be pointing out what type of taxes the rayah in the empire was paying, especially the blood tax, or how the Christians were forcefully asked to convert to Islam and what were the the consequences if they refused, or even how they were politically, religiously and economically segregated.
Unfortunately, I would not recommend the book.


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Kemal H. Karpat is Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. A Turk born in Dobruja, he obtained degrees from Mecidiye Seminary, Istanbul, Washington and New York Universities publishing more than a dozen books starting with the pathbreaking Turkey's Politics (1959) and culminating in Politicization of Islam (2001).