The Commerce of Smyrna in the Eighteenth Century
Translation: Dimitris N. Sotiropoulos
Editing: Marinos Sarigiannis
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This is a book that deals with the nature and organization of the commercial and merchant banking relations of the Ottoman city-port of Smyrna (Izmir), in the Eastern Mediterranean, with Western Europe in the long eighteenth century, namely from 1700 to 1820. The work analyzes the business activities and strategies of Western European mercantile communities, especially the French, British and Dutch, established in the city-port for the purposes of trade. In addition, it examines the economic activities of the local, Ottoman merchants - Armenians, Greeks, Jews and Turks. Besides its importance for the economic history of the wider Mediterranean region at a time of considerable expansion and vitality of the world economy, this book is also a contribution to urban history as it brings to light for the reader the economy, society and cultural milieu of a major international port, poised between East and West. It is thus of interest to those studying the society and culture of the Ottoman Empire, and of the Middle East in particular, on the dawn of the modern world.
"Professor Elena Frangakis-Syrett has put in her debt all students of the economic history not only of Smyrna and Asia Minor but of the broader Aegean/eastern Mediterranean world and the Near East, with the thoroughness of her research, the impressive range of sources she has explored and the meticulous care with which she is presenting her findings in the present study.
Beyond the obvious significance of the book for the economic history of the region, this is a monograph of the city of Smyrna (Izmir) in a broader sense. Drawing on an exhaustive survey of available literature - including many archival sources which have not hitherto been consulted by scholars - the author attempts to recreate for the reader the economic and social environment of one of the great cities of the Near East. Thus, this is a book which also addresses itself to a wider community of scholars studying the civilization of the Ottoman Empire and the Near East."
(Excerpt from the Foreword to the English edition of the Centre for Asia Minor Studies)
Elena Frangakis-Syrett is Professor of Economic History at Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in England. Born in Egypt, she grew up in Athens and London and currently resides in New York. She holds a PhD in Ottoman Economic History from King's College, London University, and undertook graduate studies in Sorbonne as a scholar of the French Government. She has been Visiting Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and at Newnham College, Cambridge University. She specializes is the socio-economic, commercial and financial, history of the Ottoman Empire and of Southern Greece from the 18th to the early 20th centuries. Her research interests relate in particular to the economic and social history of Asia Minor and the Aegean islands, with special focus on the city of Smyrna (Izmir) and its economic and cultural ties with the West.
Besides numerous articles in international journals, her publications also include The Commerce of Smyrna in the Eighteenth Century, 1700-1820 (Athens, 1992); Οι Χιώτες έμποροι στις διεθνείς συναλλαγές, 1750-1850 (Athens, 1995); Trade and Money: The Ottoman Economy in the Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries (Istanbul, 2007).