Faroqhi S (1980) Ottoman overland transportation

February 28, 2009

Faroqhi, Suraiya (1982) “Camels, Wagons, and the Ottoman State in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries”, International Journal of Middle East Studies, 14/4, 523-539.



Earlier research on the subject of Ottoman transport history have emphasized the role of the state in the system. Less attention has been paid to the “material bases of overland transportation” (p.523). The main point is the competition between camels and wheeled-wagons pulled by oxen. Overland transportation was uniquely important in Anatolia  since most urban centers lacked an access to the sea. Even for port towns, the bulk of the international trade transited through land routes (p.524). Read the rest of this entry »

Ottoman week

February 28, 2009

Following that heated thread on allempires.net, I’ve decided to devote the next 5 posts to the Ottoman Empire. I’ll also try to pay more attention to non-European topics in the future. In particular, I’ll post a few things on Mughal India and Ming China soon.

The history of the fur trade

February 27, 2009

The economic history of the American fur trade 1670-1870 on the encyclopedia of the earth.

More articles on eh.net here and here.

History canal

February 27, 2009

American canal building

Waterway triumphs

Feb 26th 2009
From The Economist print edition

AS SOME governments are about to rediscover, the actual construction work can be the easy part when embarking on large infrastructure projects. Winning the necessary political support is much harder, especially from legislators keen on alternative public works that more directly benefit their constituents. The competing interests of places that stand to lose or gain from projects are further obstacles to overcome. So are the difficulties contractors experience when they seek to recruit thousands of dependable employees willing to work long hours in arduous conditions. Read the rest of this entry »

A good one

February 26, 2009

L. Monasterio on a 1974 article: here.

Taking a break

February 25, 2009

Unfortunately, I am now conducting research in Morocco and allthough it leaves me a lot of time to read, I don’t have a very reliable access to the internet, so I may be unable to post much on the blog for the coming month.

A Thank You Note

February 24, 2009

Unfortunately due to some very pressing commitments, I have to discontinue writing on the EH Blog, but I’m leaving you in very good hands with Benjamin. I want to thank all of you for allowing me to share some of my ideas with you. For me as brief as it was, this was a very exhilarating and rewarding experience. I wish all of you much success and the very best of times!

And who knows? Maybe, we’ll do it again sometime.

Thanks again,

Rich Marino

PS. Don’t let this economy wear you down; just find a need and fill it!