Development of the Worker Class in the Ottoman Empire

By Ahmed Baran Dural and Üner Ertem.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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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

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 9, Issue 11, pp.23-40. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 839.799KB).

Dr. Ahmed Baran Dural

Associate Profesor Doctor, Public Administration Department, Economics and Administrative Sciences Faculty, TC Trakya University, Edirne, Turkey

A. Baran Dural holds the rank Associate Professor Doctor. Dural has a doctorate degree on the “History of New-Era Turkish Politics” and gives lectures at Trakya University in the Public Administration Department. Heading the Political and Social Sciences Discipline, Dural has published several books and many articles on Ataturk and some aspects of the Turkish Modernization process. The titles of his boks can be stated as fellows:-His Story: Mustafa Kemal and Turkish Revolution (In English-2007)-Revolt and Obeisance: Turkish Conservatism and Nurettin Topcu (2005)-Leadership of Ataturk (2002, 2004)-Turkish Historical Novels (1991).

Üner Ertem

Lecturer, Ipsala Vocational High School, TC Trakya University, Edirne, Turkey

Uner Ertem is Lecturer at TC Trakya University Ipsala Vocational High School. Ertem graduated from Mersin University’s Public Administration Department. He finished his Master’s degree at TC Trakya University Public Administration Departmnet. Üner Ertem works on labor contradictions and unionist politics.


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