The Resource Scarcity and misery at the time of "Abundance beyond Imagination" : climate change, famines and empire-building in Ottoman Anatolia (c. 1800-1850), Semih Çelik

Scarcity and misery at the time of "Abundance beyond Imagination" : climate change, famines and empire-building in Ottoman Anatolia (c. 1800-1850), Semih Çelik

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Scarcity and misery at the time of "Abundance beyond Imagination" : climate change, famines and empire-building in Ottoman Anatolia (c. 1800-1850)
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Scarcity and misery at the time of "Abundance beyond Imagination"
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climate change, famines and empire-building in Ottoman Anatolia (c. 1800-1850)
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Semih Çelik
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eng
Summary
This study examines the effects of climate change on the early-nineteenth century socio-political transformation of the Ottoman Empire by analyzing the institutionalization of an imperial political-ecology, and the transformation of socio-ecologies of the imperial subjects as a reaction to both the climate change and the development of the imperial political ecology. It is argued that the first official weather forecasts, the first Ottoman natural history museum (1836-1848) and model farms of the 1840s were institutional outputs of a significant change in the perception of nature of Ottoman administrators. On the other hand, that perception, which tended to understand nature more and more as a commodity and a scientific object was reacted and challenged by Ottoman subjects in a variety of ways ranging from resistance, to adaptation, and invention of new tactics to cope with its effects. Abstaining from felling trees for the Tersane-i Amire, incendiarism, altering established labor-relations and migration against the will of the state were among the most common practices. It is argued that the resulting dialectic between an ideology based on expert knowledge and identity, and one based on local knowledge became a decisive factor in the empire-building practices and the direction of reforms during the second half of the century. The same dialectic made visible the reasons of the "failure" of Ottoman state in natural disaster relief after the 1830s, especially during the famine of 1845-50. Dependence of Ottoman administration on centrally appointed expert-bureaucrats and their ideology in comparison to pre-1840 famines, limited the ability of the state to take immediate action and its capacity to negotiate with local elites, merchants, producers and consumers. Famine-time charity and philanthropy have become practices through which a new imperial identity was negotiated between the central authorities, local elites and common subjects of the empire
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Çelik, Semih
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Defence date: 12 September 2017
Dissertation note
Thesis (Ph. D.)--European University Institute (HEC), 2017
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non fiction
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European University Institute
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  • EUI PhD theses
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  • Climatic changes
  • Turkey
  • Turkey
  • Turkey
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Scarcity and misery at the time of "Abundance beyond Imagination" : climate change, famines and empire-building in Ottoman Anatolia (c. 1800-1850), Semih Çelik
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http://hdl.handle.net/1814/47944.
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Examining Board: Professor Luca Molà European University Institute (Supervisor); Professor Suraiya N. Faroqhi Istanbul Bilgi University (External Supervisor); Professor Stéphane Van Damme European University Institute; Professor Alan Mikhail Yale University
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-259)
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text
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FIE
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30 cm.
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xii, 259 pages
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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(OCoLC)1005712309
Label
Scarcity and misery at the time of "Abundance beyond Imagination" : climate change, famines and empire-building in Ottoman Anatolia (c. 1800-1850), Semih Çelik
Link
http://hdl.handle.net/1814/47944.
Publication
Note
Examining Board: Professor Luca Molà European University Institute (Supervisor); Professor Suraiya N. Faroqhi Istanbul Bilgi University (External Supervisor); Professor Stéphane Van Damme European University Institute; Professor Alan Mikhail Yale University
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-259)
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
FIE
Dimensions
30 cm.
Extent
xii, 259 pages
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1005712309

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