European and Islamic Trade in the Early Ottoman State: The Merchants of Genoa and Turkey

European and Islamic Trade in the Early Ottoman State: The Merchants of Genoa and Turkey

Paperback Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization

By (author) Kate Fleet, Series edited by David Morgan


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  • Format: Paperback | 216 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 18mm | 358g
  • Publication date: 2 November 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521028450
  • ISBN 13: 9780521028455
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,661,577

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International trade was of great importance for the Ottomans in the construction of their empire. Kate Fleet's book examines the trade links which existed between European merchants and their Muslim counterparts from the beginnings of the Ottoman empire in 1300 to the fall of Constantinople in 1453. By using previously unexploited Latin and Turkish sources, and by focusing on the trading partnership between the Genoese and the Turks, she demonstrates how this interaction contributed to the economic development of the early Ottoman state and, indeed, to Ottoman territorial expansion. Where other studies have emphasized the military prowess of the early Ottoman state and its role as 'the infidel enemy', the book offers an insight into its economic aspirations and eventual integration into the economy of the Mediterranean basin. This is a readable, authoritative and innovative study which illuminates our understanding of an obscure period in early Ottoman history.

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'... the work conveys a new perspective on early Ottoman history and the Eastern Mediterranean of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. Most importantly, Fleet has cogently brought the economy back in to the early Ottoman narrative.' Mediterranean Historical Review '... a welcome contribution to the Ottoman studies and highlights the early period from an angle that has previously been largely overlooked.' Acta Orientalia '... meticulously written ... a solid piece of scholarship, the book will be much used by future scholars.' Studia Orientalia

Table of contents

List of tables; Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Introduction; 1. Historical outline; 2. Money; 3. Commodities; 4. Slaves; 5. Grain; 6. Wine; 7. Alum; 8. Cloth; 9. Metals; 10. The fall of Constantinople and Ottoman-Genoese relations after 1453; Conclusion: the Latin contribution to the early Ottoman economy; Appendices; Glossary; Place names; Select bibliography; Index.