Manufacturing in the Ottoman Empire and Turkey, 1500-1950

Edited by Donald Quataert

Subjects: Middle East Studies
Series: SUNY series in the Social and Economic History of the Middle East
Paperback : 9780791420164, 186 pages, July 1994
Hardcover : 9780791420157, 186 pages, August 1994

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Table of contents


1. Introduction
Donald Quataert

2. Labor Recruitment and Control in the Ottoman Empire(Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries)
Suraiya Faroqhi

3. Ottoman Industry in the Eighteenth Century: General Framework, Characteristics, and Main Trends
Mebmet Genç

4. Ottoman Manufacturing in the Nineteenth Century
Donald Quataert

5. Manufacturing in the Ottoman Empire and in Republican Turkey, ca. 1900-1950
Çaglar Keyder

6. Afterword
Donald Quataert



This book provides the first comprehensive history of manufacturing in the Ottoman Empire and its Turkish successor state. As the Ottoman Empire evolved, manufacturing underwent an unusual trajectory. Expansion in the sixteenth century gave way to transformation and adaptation after the Industrial Revolution. Then, in the earlier part of the twentieth century, modern Turkey's attempt at state-led industrialization became a model for many developing countries.

Suraiya Faroqhi, Mehmet Genç, Donald Quataert, and Çag∑lar Keyder, experts on different phases of the manufacturing trajectory, provide here exceptional case studies of manufacturing activities in their social and political contexts, integrating first-hand research with surveys of the literature. This work offers rich material for historians, economists, and other social scientists, including those interested in the origins of underdevelopment and development in the contemporary world.

Donald Quataert is Professor of History and Director of the Southwest Asian and North African Program at the State University of New York at Binghamton. He is the author of Social Disintegration and Popular Resistance in the Ottoman Empire and Ottoman Manufacturing in the Age of the Industrial Revolution, and coeditor, with Richard T. Antoun, of Syria: Society, Culture, and Polity, published by SUNY Press.


"I found this book particularly interesting because it showed in a vivid, imaginative, and analytical way the internal workings of the Ottoman/Turkish economy and society, as it concerned manufacturing, and its interaction with and reaction to the West on the level not only of the state but also of the private entrepreneur." — Elena Frangakis-Syrett, Queens College, City University of New York