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

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 democratization 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 werepossible contextual specificities which encouraged the democratization of consumption in the Bursa context.
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E. Karababa, “Investigating early modern Ottoman consumer culture in the light of Bursa probate inventories,” Economic History Review, pp. 194–219, 2012, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: