By Michæl Meeker
This cutting edge examine of contemporary Turkey is the results of decades of ethnographic fieldwork and archival examine. Michael Meeker expertly combines anthropological and old how to study the transition from the Ottoman Empire to the Turkish Republic in an immense quarter of the rustic, the jap Black coastline. His most important discovering is state-oriented provincial oligarchy performed a key position in successive courses of reform over the process greater than 2 hundred years of imperial and nationwide historical past. As Meeker demonstrates, major contributors subsidized by means of interpersonal networks made up our minds the result of the modernizing strategy, first in the course of the westernizing interval of the Empire, then in the course of the progressive interval of the Republic.To know how one of these state-oriented provincial oligarchy was once produced and reproduced alongside the jap Black coastline, Meeker integrates a modern ethnographic research of public existence in cities and villages with a old research of legit files, consular experiences, and shuttle narratives. A kingdom of Empire presents anthropologists, historians, and scholars of jap Europe and the center East with a brand new knowing of the complexities and contradictions of recent Turkish event.
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4, I will also use the phrase “period of decentralization,” following Hourani (1974, 71) and I˙nalcık (1977). Clan-Society and Nation-State / 17 cided to focus my research on the two clans that seemed to be the key to the local political system. The results of my initial ﬁndings were encouraging. The Selimog˘lu and Muradog˘lu were among the largest of all the clans in the district of Of. I was eventually able to arrive at a good estimation of their population and location in each of the two valley-systems that comprise the district (see map 1): The Muradog˘lu are reported to consist of about 700 households or about 4,000 individuals.
26. I use the phrase “post-classical period” to refer roughly to the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Later, in chap. 4, I will also use the phrase “period of decentralization,” following Hourani (1974, 71) and I˙nalcık (1977). Clan-Society and Nation-State / 17 cided to focus my research on the two clans that seemed to be the key to the local political system. The results of my initial ﬁndings were encouraging. The Selimog˘lu and Muradog˘lu were among the largest of all the clans in the district of Of.
I rarely heard this word in the district of Of, probably because they were more preoccupied with descent groups than with descent lines. Clan-Society and Nation-State / 15 patriarchal collectivities, was a move toward a certain theory of the division of society and state, as we shall see. 20 The residences of such ordinary clans were usually territorially grouped within a village, so that they extended across a hillside or along a ridge. Otherwise, the prominence and population of clans varied enormously.
A Nation of Empire: The Ottoman Legacy of Turkish Modernity by Michæl Meeker