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Ottoman Legacies and Economic Sovereignty in Post-imperial Anatolia, Syria and Iraq

Fred H. Lawson

in Sovereignty After Empire

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780748643042
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653270 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748643042.003.0003
Ottoman Legacies and Economic Sovereignty in Post-imperial Anatolia, Syria and Iraq

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This chapter examines the impact of economic development in the late Ottoman Empire on post-imperial sovereignty. Empires exhibit a variety of economic configurations, and legacies of the imperial era play a pivotal role in shaping the economies of post-imperial states. Imperial economies differ from one another in at least three ways: the degree of interdependence that exists among different provinces of the empire; whether taxation in the provinces is carried out through direct or indirect mechanisms; and whether trade and manufacturing are regulated in a unitary or multidivisional fashion. Such structural features of the imperial order determine the extent to which post-imperial states are born with the incentive and capacity ‘to regulate the flow of goods, persons, pollutants, diseases, and ideas across [their respective] territorial boundaries’, that is, to exercise fundamental aspects of economic sovereignty.

Keywords: economic development; Ottoman empire; post-imperial sovereignty; imperialism

Chapter.  8506 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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