A Monetary History of the Ottoman Empire (Cambridge Studies by Sevket Pamuk

By Sevket Pamuk

This quantity examines the financial background of a big empire situated on the crossroads of intercontinental alternate from the fourteenth century until eventually the tip of worldwide battle I. It covers all areas of the empire from the Balkans via Anatolia, Syria, Egypt and the Gulf to the Maghrib. the consequences of financial advancements for social and political historical past also are mentioned in the course of the quantity. this can be a massive and pathbreaking e-book by means of probably the most exclusive monetary historians within the box.

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Faced with this one sided evidence, many historians have concluded that state intervention and regulation was a permanent ®xture of most markets at most locations across the Empire. The case of the of®cial price ceiling (narh) lists provides an excellent example in this respect. After collecting a few of these from the court archives, many have assumed that narh was a permanent ®xture of urban economic life. In fact, my recent searches through all of the more than thousand registers of three of Istanbul's courts, those of the Old City, È skudar from the ®fteenth through mid-nineteenth centuries Galata, and U indicate that narh lists were not prepared regularly.

Album, A Checklist of Islamic Coins, second edition (Santa Rosa, CA: S. Album, 1998), 10. Watson, ``Back to Gold,'' 21±34. Trade and money at the origins 23 trade and how the trade balances were paid thus emerge as the key mechanisms in determining where stocks of gold and silver would end up. 4 Peter Spufford, in his Eurocentric pespective, linked the European commercial revolution of the thirteenth century ultimately to the discoveries of silver in Central Europe. He argued that as more specie became available in Europe, there occurred a general expansion of North Italian trade with Constantinople, Syria, and Egypt beginning as early as the middle of the twelfth century.

F. U FakuÈltesi Mecmuasõ 43 (1987), 111±50. For the texts of late ®fteenth and early sixteenth È mer LuÈt® Barkan, ``Bazõ century laws regulating the markets in large Ottoman cities, see O BuÈyuÈk SËehirlerde EsËya ve Yiyecek Fiyatlarõnõn Tesbit ve TeftisËi Hususlarõnõ Tanzim Eden Kanunlar,'' Tarih Vesikalarõ 1/5 (1942), 326±40; 2/7 (1943), 15±40; and 2/9 (1943), 168±77. A detailed inventory of Ottoman practices for ensuring the grain supply of the urban areas is 14 A Monetary History of the Ottoman Empire GencË's scheme is very useful in analyzing the priorities and intentions of the Ottoman bureaucracy.

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