Two versions of enlightenment state in the late Ottoman era: Protectionist state versus liberal state in the works of Akyiğitzade Musa and Mehmet Cavid

Balcı, Sarp
The initial concern of this thesis is to understand the historical conditions that conditioned the two writers (Akyigitzade Musa and Mehmed Cavid) who had written on economic issues in the late Ottoman era, in addition to display their perception of state in their essential works. Thus, in order to locate these two writers in a historical time-frame and to explore the understanding and the reality of the Ottoman state at the end of the nineteenth century, the thesis is dealing with the major issues of the Ottoman modernisation history in a concise sense, and it is aiming at disposing the righteous stead and the importance of these two writers in the Ottoman economics literature, while giving an overall review of Ottoman economic perspectives in terms of their relationship with Western economic thought. Finally, the thesis tackles the personalities and biographies of these writers in order to expose the social conditions that determined the thinking of these writers, and lay out the anatomy of the state as conceptualised by them on the basis of their original texts. So, following the ascertainment of these structures, their impact over the work and the life of these two writers is being considered. Thus, it is an attempt to provide an explanation of the physical and mental conditions that structured the writings and their perception of the state.


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Citation Formats
S. Balcı, “Two versions of enlightenment state in the late Ottoman era: Protectionist state versus liberal state in the works of Akyiğitzade Musa and Mehmet Cavid,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2004.