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The Ottoman Town (Fifteenth-Eighteenth Centuries)

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As for the Ottoman period itself, the towns of the empire share, as a whole, the fact that they belong to the same period, thereby generally partaking in technical and socio-economical developments whose impact extends far beyond the boundaries of the Ottoman world. Ottoman towns also experienced specific conditions connected to their integration into the empire. In any case, integration into this immense and powerful structure was a priori propitious to prosperity: first, it brought relative order and security both inside the empire and in its relationships with its neighbours, a situation which generally favoured communications and economic activity. Second, starting with the late sixteenth century, central authorities loosened their grip, even if they sometimes were efficaciously taken over, on a reduced scale, by local governments. P. Pinon then concludes that there did exist an original urban type, halfway, so to speak, between the &t;Arabic&t; and &t;Western&t; towns.

Keywords: Arabic; Ottoman towns; sixteenth century; Western



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