When the Ottoman economy and social structure is examined in the historical process, it is
seen that managements working according to the capitalist market requirements or intensively producing
goods didn’t exist or, if any did, their effects on the market were at a minimum level. The emergence of
the worker class in the Ottoman Empire was first seen in the construction mining and military sectors.
However, in real terms, the worker class emerged in the agricultural managements founded in the
second half of the 19th century by foreign investors in the Aegean Region. In the same period, the
railroad constructions underway used to provide additional income for many people. Government
officials became stipendiary after the Tanzimat (the political reforms made in the Ottoman Empire in
1839). The formation of the worker class and the re-structuring of labor life during the Late-Ottoman
Era will be discussed in this article.
|Keywords:||Ottoman Empire, Turkish Worker Class, Class Contradiction, Renewal Era, Capitalist Market Economy, Liberal Policy, Statism|
Associate Profesor Doctor, Public Administration Department, Economics and Administrative Sciences Faculty, TC Trakya University, Edirne, Turkey
Lecturer, Ipsala Vocational High School, TC Trakya University, Edirne, Turkey
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