Karen Barkey

Karen Barkey is Associate Professor of Sociology at Columbia University.

Bandits and Bureaucrats
The Ottoman Route to State Centralization
Karen Barkey
Why did the main challenge to the Ottoman state come not in peasant or elite rebellions, but in endemic banditry? Karen Barkey shows how Turkish strategies of incorporating peasants and rotating elites kept both groups dependent on the state, unable and unwilling to rebel. Bandits, formerly mercenary soldiers, were not interested in rebellion...



Bandits and Bureaucrats
The Ottoman Route to State Centralization
Karen Barkey
Why did the main challenge to the Ottoman state come not in peasant or elite rebellions, but in endemic banditry? Karen Barkey shows how Turkish strategies of incorporating peasants and rotating elites kept both groups dependent on the state, unable and unwilling to rebel. Bandits, formerly mercenary soldiers, were not interested in rebellion...








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