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

Karababa E.

Economic History Review, cilt.65, ss.194-219, 2012 (SSCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier


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.