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The Fertile Crescent, 1800-1914: A Documentary Economic History


  • Issawi, Charles

    (Princeton University)


This is the first systematic economic history of the Fertile Crescent throughout the nineteenth century, a region encompassing what is now Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, and a small part of Turkey. Charles Issawi, an authority on the Middle East, has compiled and edited a comprehensive selection of documents from sources in English and seven other languages (all translated), the majority published here for the first time. His own substantive chapter introductions and the 154 selections cover all aspects of nineteenth century economic life in the region: social life and organization, trade, transport, and public and private finance.

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  • Issawi, Charles, 1988. "The Fertile Crescent, 1800-1914: A Documentary Economic History," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, number 9780195049510.
  • Handle: RePEc:oxp:obooks:9780195049510

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    1. Şevket Pamuk & Jeffrey G. Williamson, 2011. "Ottoman de‐industrialization, 1800–1913: assessing the magnitude, impact, and response," Economic History Review, Economic History Society, vol. 64(s1), pages 159-184, February.
    2. Francis, Joseph A., 2014. "The Periphery’s Terms of Trade in the Nineteenth Century: A Methodological Problem Revisited," MPRA Paper 57934, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Ecchia, Stefania, 2012. "Mercati informali del credito agrario nella Palestina di fine Impero Ottomano: un'analisi dell'evoluzione dei contratti bay-wafa, salam e muzaraah nel distretto di Haifa (1890-1915)
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      ," MPRA Paper 36985, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    4. Joseph A. Francis, 2015. "The Periphery's Terms of Trade in the Nineteenth Century: A Methodological Problem Revisited," Historical Methods: A Journal of Quantitative and Interdisciplinary History, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 48(1), pages 52-65, March.

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