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By Fikret Adanir, Suraiya Faroqhi

This dialogue of historiography in regards to the Ottoman Empire might be considered within the context of the discipline's self-examination, which has been inspired by way of contemporary conflicts in south-eastern Europe and the center East. The individuals examine the style within which the historiographies proven in numerous nationwide states have considered the Ottoman Empire and its legacy. whilst they talk about the hyperlinks of 20th-century historiography with the wealthy historic culture of the Ottoman Empire itself, either in its metropolitan and its provincial kinds. The fight opposed to anachronisms born from the nationalist paradigm in heritage no doubt constitutes crucial universal function of those differently very various experiences. all through, the participants have distanced themselves from the nostalgia for "the prior greatness" of definite rulers of yore, and aimed for a indifferent, source-based review of old advancements. they've got made a wakeful attempt to debunk historic myths, even though, human weak spot being what it's, their successors most likely will accuse them of being accountable for new myths of their flip.

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While many Ottoman urban textile industries declined under the impact of early nineteenth-century European competition, rural industries often expanded, especially in the Rumelian provinces which later were to become Bulgaria. When the Ottoman state had managed to ensure minimal security on the roads after about 1830, these products of a rural 'proto-industry' were able to win a large number of customers. However, the situation changed quite dramatically from 1878 onwards. After independence, Bulgarian peasants paid fewer taxes than had been the case during the Ottoman period.

104 On the Bulgarian side as well, the war left a legacy of 101 On Midhat Pasha and his policies see Robert Devereux, The First Ottoman Constitutional Period. A Study of the Midhat Constitution and Parliament (Baltimore, 1963); Ezel Kural Shaw, "Midhat Pasha. , Harvard University, 1975; Irina Evgen'evna Fadeeva, Midhat-pasha. ^hizyi' i deyatel'nost' (Moscow, 1977); Krumka Sharova, "Midhat Pasha i Bulgarskoto revolyutsionno dvizhenie prez 1872 godina", Istoncheski pregled 1991, No. 6, 3-16, and No.

In addition, it was no longer Russia, the loser of the Crimean War, that extended protection, but rather the liberal West to which one turned for help and guidance. Emerging 'bourgeois' or 'petit-bourgeois' elements within Bulgarian society therefore had a better chance of asserting themselves. 117 Thus it can be argued that nation-state formation in Ottoman Europe was hardly a corollary of bourgeois aspirations for social and political emancipation. Independence, attained in the wake of an Ottoman military defeat, brought the most militant factions of the relevant elites to the forefront.

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