United by a common interest in the institutions, the social life and the commercial activities of the Ottoman empire in its heyday, these studies fall into three sections. The first concentrates upon Istanbul, the heart of the empire; the second covers the dealings between the Ottomans and foreign traders, amongst whom the Venetians held a prime position. Robert Mantran then turns to the Arabic provinces of the empire, examining their relations with the central government. In particular, he looks at Northern Africa, the history of which in the Ottoman period remains too little studied, and yet for which - as for other aspects of Ottoman history - there still exists a wealth of unexplored documentary information.
Contents: Préface; Règlements fiscaux ottomans: la police des marchés de Stamboul; Un document sur l’ihtisab de Stamboul, fin XVIIe s.; Le milieu urbain et social Ã Istanbul: Les activités économiques; Minoritaires, métiers et marchands étrangers Ã Istanbul; Venise, centre d’informations sur les Turcs; L’écho de la bataille de Lépante Ã Constantinople; La bataille de Lépante vue par un chroniqueur ottoman; La navigation vénitienne et ses concurrentes en Méditerranée orientale; L’Empire ottoman et le commerce asiatique; La transformation du commerce au XVIIIe s.; Règlements fiscaux ottomans: la province de Bassora (2e moitié du XVIe s.); L’évolution des relations entre la Tunisie et l’Empire ottoman, XVIe-XIXe siècle; Algérie turque et Sahara; Le statut de l’Algérie, de la Tunisie et de la Tripolitaine dans l’Empire ottoman; Index.
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