Investigating early modern Ottoman consumer culture in the light of Bursa probate inventories

Karababa E.

Economic History Review, vol.65, pp.194-219, 2012 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 65
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/j.1468-0289.2010.00574.x
  • Journal Name: Economic History Review
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.194-219


This study investigates the development of early modern Ottoman consumer culture. In particular, the democratization of consumption, which is a significant indicator of the development of western consumer cultures, is examined in relation to Ottoman society. Sixteenth- and seventeenth-century probate inventories of the town of Bursa combined with literary and official sources are used in order to identify democrati- zation of consumption and the macro conditions shaping this development. Findings demonstrate that commercialization, international trade, urbanization which created a fluid social structure, and the ability of the state to negotiate with guilds were possible contextual specificities which encouraged the democratization of consump- tion in the Bursa context.