Rise of the Bourgeoisie, Demise of Empire: Ottoman Westernization and Social Change

Hardcover | November 1, 1995

byFatma Muge Gocek

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What are the causes of imperial decline? This work studies the Ottoman empire in the 18th and 19th centuries to argue that the Ottoman imperial decline resulted from a combination of Ottoman internal dynamics with external influences. Specifically, it contends that the split within the Ottomansocial structure across ethno-religious lines interacted with the effects of war and commerce with the West to produce a bifurcated Ottoman bourgeoisie. This bourgeoisie, divided into disparate commercial and bureaucratic elements, was able to challenge the sultan but was ultimately unable tosalvage the empire. Instead, the Ottoman empire was replaced by the Turkish nation-state and others in the Balkans and the Middle East. This work will appeal to students of sociology and Ottoman studies.

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What are the causes of imperial decline? This work studies the Ottoman empire in the 18th and 19th centuries to argue that the Ottoman imperial decline resulted from a combination of Ottoman internal dynamics with external influences. Specifically, it contends that the split within the Ottomansocial structure across ethno-religious lin...

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The momentous changes in Western countries in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries did not occur in the same manner outside the West. The reasons why have long been the subject of debate. Early explanations, fraught with Western bias, have now been largely rejected, but their hidden assumptions persist and are ripe for reevaluation....

Fatma Muge Gocek is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Michigan, and author of East Encounter's West: France and the Ottoman Empire in the 18th Century (Oxford, 1987).

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:232 pages, 9.57 × 6.42 × 0.87 inPublished:November 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195099257

ISBN - 13:9780195099256

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"A mine of information, it has original, trenchant observations and occasional profound insights. It also contains a rich and very useful bibliography."--The Historian