Society and Politics in an Ottoman Town: Ayntab in the 17th century
Canbakal, Hülya (2006) Society and Politics in an Ottoman Town: Ayntab in the 17th century. The Ottoman Empire and its heritage, 1380-6076 v. 36 . Brill , Leiden, pp. 1-213. ISBN 9004154566
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This book deals with a provincial town attending to its day-to-day business against the backdrop of an exacting war fought far afield against the Habsburgs (1683-99). The dynamics of long-term economic growth were temporarily disturbed by the wartime economy while realignment in center-periphery relations affected the local power structure and practices of status management. Meanwhile, the local elite continued to dominate public life, hence the lives of commoners. This study opens a window onto this world through a close examination of the court records of the town.
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