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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

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Date posted: May 1, 2007 ; Last revised: May 8, 2008

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Dimitrova-Grajzl, Valentina P., Unveiling the Checkered Fortunes of the Ottoman Empire (May 7, 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=983738 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.983738

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Valentina P. Dimitrova-Grajzl (Contact Author)
Virginia Military Institute ( email )
Department of Economics and Business
Scott Shipp Hall
Lexington, VA 24450
United States
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