Studies on Ottoman Finance Literature

The literature on the Ottoman Finance is large and extensive. One can identify two peculiarities in these studies: The first one is that most studies concentrate mostly on the nineteenth century as a result of a growing foreign indebtedness of the Ottoman Empire beginning in the middle of this century. The second one is that they, with few exceptions, exhibit more of a statistical evaluation of the state's finance rather than a critical one in the historical context; hence, they do not intend to find answers for questions such as why Ottoman bureaucracy could not meet the new needs of the Empire. The aim of this study is to introduce this literature in which local and foreign authors discuss different aspects of the Ottoman Finance.


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