Unveiling the Checkered Fortunes of the Ottoman Empire
Valentina P. Dimitrova-Grajzl
Virginia Military Institute
May 7, 2008
The Ottoman Empire has been predominantly viewed as the 'Sick Man of Europe.' The question arises, however, how this perceived inefficiency can be reconciled with the long existence and prosperity of the Empire. I argue that the Ottoman system could have been efficient subject to constraints. More specifically, I explore the role of the technology of predation and the adherence to the law in determining relative changes in the social order and the power of the Sultan, which in turn led to the relative decline of the Empire.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 28
Keywords: Ottoman Empire, Predation, Social Classes
JEL Classification: N0, C71, D74
Date posted: May 1, 2007 ; Last revised: May 8, 2008
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