This work is a contribution to the development of Ottoman archival sources, still insufficiently used and largely unavailable in Western languages despite their considerable historical significance. Eighty-three decrees of the imperial council, almost entirely unpublished, have been gathered from the archives of the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul. For the four-month period from the end of December 1544 to the beginning of April 1545, they present the day-to-day activities of the impressive political and administrative system of Suleyman the Magnificent in a region of special importance to the empirethe Romanian territories. This four-month period, so rich in activity, is nonetheless one of the least documented periods of the history of the Romanian territories in the sixteenth century; it is also a period in which the true nature of the complex and pragmatic relationship between the sultan and the territories emerges most clearly. Text in French.
367 pp. ISBN 0-916458-23-7 (paperback) LC 87-81953 (HURI) $34.00
(Co-published with L'Ecole Des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales -- Paris)
Halil Inalcik is the foremost Ottomanist in the world and has contributed a stunning new study of economic life of the Black Sea under Ottoman Rule. Caffa was Crimea's most important port and every nationality and religion of the Black Sea littoral resided there. The customs register provides important evidence about the economic activities of these parties, as well as detailed insight into the everyday life of the people of the region. All those interested in the Ottoman period and Black Sea history will find this to be a signal publications. Included are transliterations, translations into English, fascimiles of the defter, and essays by Professor Inalcik concerning Black Sea Ottoman history and economic activity.
216 pp. maps, illus. ISBN 0-916458-82-2. (Softcover) (HUP/INASO1) $39.95
Simultaneously published with the series "Sources of Oriental Languages and Literatures."