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HIST7363: Economy and State in the Ottoman Empire, 1800-1914

Dr Coşkun Tunçer

This module examines the major themes in economic and political history the Ottoman Empire within the context of global economic trends during c.1800-1914. The aim of the module is to explore the historical links between political and economic changes, and to explain the dynamics behind the transformation of the Ottoman state and economy during the last century of the empire. The weekly seminars focus on the evolution of the Ottoman institutions, fiscal capacity and taxation system, rural and urban economic trends across the Ottoman Empire, and the impact of globalization in commodity and financial markets. Each subject is explored with reference to different development trajectories within the empire and the changing degrees of integration with the global economy. Other topics explore the economic consequences of nationalism and modernisation in the Balkans, the economic impact of colonialism in the Middle East, and the institutional legacy of the Ottoman Empire in the Middle East and the Balkans. 

Assessment methods

HIST7363A/B: 2 X 2,500 word essays

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