HIST 553 Aspects of Ottoman Rule in the Bulgarian Lands in the Pre-Tanzimat Period
Focuses on selected issues and specific features of Ottoman rule in the Bulgarian lands, and therefore requires some previous, preliminary knowledge of Ottoman history and documentation. The main themes addressed will include : early Ottoman administration (from the 15th to the early 16th centuries); the Ottoman judicial system and the functioning of the kadı court; agrarian relations : timars, vakıfs, çiftliks; monuments of Ottoman culture; towns and urban society; Osman Pazvandoğlu of Vidin against the backdrop of Kırcalı/dağlı unrest; the National Awakenings of the Balkan peoples; the international situation at the end of the 18th and the beginning of the 19th centuries. At the same time, the core of the course will revolve around the official status and the real situation of various ethno-religious groups (such as the Orthodox Christians and the Jews) : their institutions; their attitudes vis-à-vis the Ottoman authorities; questions of Islamisation, and of neo-martyrs; church building and restoration; other and related problems. Assessment will be based on participation throughout the course, including short presentations, as well as a final paper based on either the relevant secondary literature, or an appropriate amount of work on the primary sources over and above the secondary literature, in which case it may count as a research seminar (also see HIST 653).