Travel and artisans in the Ottoman Empire : employment and mobility in the early modern era

It has often been assumed that the subjects of the Ottoman sultans were unable to travel beyond their localities which needed the permission of their local administrators before they could legitimately leave their villages. Based on this view, the soldiers and members of governing elite would have b...

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Main Author: Faroqhi, Suraiya
Published: London: I.B. Tauris, 2014.
Series: Library of Ottoman studies; .44
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Summary: It has often been assumed that the subjects of the Ottoman sultans were unable to travel beyond their localities which needed the permission of their local administrators before they could legitimately leave their villages. Based on this view, the soldiers and members of governing elite would have been free to travel. However, Suraiya Faroqhi's research shows that this was not the case. Pious men from all walks of life went on pilgrimage to Mecca, slaves fled from their masters and craftspeople travelled in search of work. Most travellers in the Ottoman era headed for Istanbul in peacetime the Ottoman administration recruited artisans to repair fortresses and sent them far away from their home towns
Physical Description: xxii, 296 pages: maps; 24 cm..
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 259-280) and index
ISBN: 1780764812 (hbk.)
9781780764818 (hbk.)