9780801429446

Bandits and Bureaucrats

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  • ISBN13:

    9780801429446

  • ISBN10:

    0801429447

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1994-11-01
  • Publisher: Cornell Univ Pr

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Summary

Why did the main challenge to the Ottoman state come not in peasant or elite rebellions, but in endemic banditry? Karen Barkey shows how Turkish strategies of incorporating peasants and rotating elites kept both groups dependent on the state, unable and unwilling to rebel. Bandits, formerly mercenary soldiers, were not interested in rebellion but concentrated on trying to gain state resources, more as rogue clients than as primitive rebels. The state's ability to control and manipulate bandits - through deals, bargains, and patronage - suggests imperial strength rather than weakness, she maintains.
Bandits and Bureaucrats details, in a rich, archivally based analysis, state-society relations in the Ottoman Empire during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Exploring current eurocentric theories of state building, the author illuminates a period customarily mischaracterized as one in which the state declined in power.
Outlining the processes of imperial rule, Barkey relates the state's political and military institutions to their social foundations. She compares the Ottoman route with state centralization in the Chinese and Russian empires, and contrasts experiences of rebellion in France during the same period. Bandits and Bureaucrats thus develops a theoretical interpretation of imperial state centralization, through incorporation and bargaining with social groups, and at the same time enriches our understanding of the dynamics of Ottoman history.

Author Biography

Karen Barkey is Associate Professor of Sociology at Columbia University.

Table of Contents

The Wilder House Series in Politics, History, and Culturep. ii
Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 1
The Context of the Seventeenth Centuryp. 24
Ottoman Regional Elites: Divided but Loyalp. 55
Ottoman Peasants: Rational or Indifferent?p. 85
Celalis: Bandits Without a Cause?p. 141
State-Bandit Relations: a Blueprint for State Centralizationp. 189
Conclusionp. 229
p. 243
Primary Sources from the Ottoman Archivesp. 250
Bibliographyp. 255
Indexp. 275
The Wilder House Series in Politics, History, and Culturep. 285
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