A Nation of Empire: The Ottoman Legacy of Turkish Modernity
This innovative study of modern Turkey is the result of many years of ethnographic fieldwork and archival research. Michael Meeker expertly combines anthropological and historical methods to examine the transition from the Ottoman Empire to the Turkish Republic in a major region of the country, the eastern Black Sea coast. His most significant finding is that a state-oriented provincial oligarchy played a key role in successive programs of reform over the course of more than two hundred years of imperial and national history. As Meeker demonstrates, leading individuals backed by interpersonal networks determined the outcome of the modernizing process, first during the westernizing period of the Empire, then during the revolutionary period of the Republic.
To understand how such a state-oriented provincial oligarchy was produced and reproduced along the eastern Black Sea coast, Meeker integrates a contemporary ethnographic study of public life in towns and villages with a historical study of official documents, consular reports, and travel narratives.
A Nation of Empire provides anthropologists, historians, and students of Eastern Europe and the Middle East with a new understanding of the complexities and contradictions of modern Turkish experience.
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Amnesia ClanSociety and NationState
Prohibition Social Relations and Official Islam
THE DISSEMINATION OF AN IMPERIAL MODERNITY The Ottoman Province of Trabzon
Horizons Markets and States
Empire Gaze Discipline Rule
Dissemination Soldiers and Students
THE OLD STATE SOCIETY AND THE NEW STATE SYSTEM The Ottoman Province of Trabzon
A State Society State Officials and Local Elites
Blindness A Feudal Past Without a Modern Future
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Page xxii - ... administered in such a way that what must surprise us is that they produced as many able and conscientious men as they did. The breakdown in the apparatus of government affected not only the supreme instruments of sovereignty but also the whole of the bureaucratic and religious institutions all over the Empire. These suffered a catastrophic fall in efficiency and integrity, which was accentuated by the growing change in methods of recruitment, training, and promotion. This deterioration is clearly...
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