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The Balkan Economies c.1800–1914

The Balkan Economies c.1800–1914
Evolution without Development

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Modern Economic History

  • Date Published: November 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521522564

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  • The Balkan Economies c. 1800-1914 is a strongly revisionist book that compares the economic progress of Serbia, Bulgaria, Bosnia, Montenegro and Macedonia in the century before World War One. Native language primary sources are used to argue that these territories probably experienced economic decline rather than growth, at least from the mid-nineteenth century. But far from hindering development, Ottoman rule made possible more progress than successive governments. This in-depth study promises to be the definitive economic history of the Balkans.

    • Extensive use of native language primary sources
    • With such in-depth research, this book promises to be the definitive economic history of the Balkans
    • The author shows that under Ottoman rule more progress was possible than under successive national and regional governments
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Palairet's new Balkan Economies may likely become the most authentic work on the topic." Business History Review

    "The author set out to provide an indispensable economic history for all scholars interested in the history of the Balkans and he is to be congratulated for successfully reaching his goal." Charles L. Bertrand, Canadian Journal of History

    "[Michael Palairet's] book, closely argued and documented from rarely tapped national archives and an immense range of contemporary and recent writings, is both a contribution to comparative economic history and a refutation of the hitherto widely accepted perception that, after 1878, Balkan-Slav economic growth was `slow, faltering but still significant'(p. 1)." Michael Kaser, International History Review

    "Among the strengths revealed in this book is the author's ability to combine attention to detail with a broad comparative sweep...At its best, text and illustration come together to illuminate buildings as the embodiment of "competing visions" of aesthetic and social formation." Slavic Rreview

    "...a controversial and immensely stimulating piece of scholarship." David F. Good, Journal of Modern History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521522564
    • length: 432 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.63kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus. 6 maps 46 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of Tables
    Part I. The Balkan Economies during the Ottoman Period to 1878:
    1. Balkan population 1790–1914
    2. The Balkans under the Ottomans 1800–1860s: institutional change and economic progress
    3. Agriculture and industry in Ottoman Bulgaria in the twilight of Ottoman rule
    4. Serbia 1815–75: institutions, resources and market forces
    5. Bosnia and Montenegro before 1878
    6. The Ottoman Balkans and free Serbia: economic conditions and 'renascence'
    Part II. Economic Decline and Political Freedom 1878–1914:
    7. Bulgaria after 1878: origins of productive decline
    8. Bosnia and Montenegro: political change and economic development 1878–1914
    9. The Balkan textile industries 1878–1914: markets, technology, labour
    10. Serbia and Bulgaria 1878–1914: modernization and productive decline
    11. Economic change in Macedonia and Thrace 1878–1914
    12. Summary and conclusions

  • Author

    Michael R. Palairet, University of Edinburgh

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