Studies in Ottoman Documents Pertaining to Ukraine and the Black Sea Countries

L'Empire ottoman et les pays roumains 1544-1545.

Mihnea Berindei and Gilles Veinstein

This work is a contribution to the development of Ottoman archival sources, still insufficiently used and largely unavailable in Western languages despite their considerable historical significance. Eighty-three decrees of the imperial council, almost entirely unpublished, have been gathered from the archives of the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul. For the four-month period from the end of December 1544 to the beginning of April 1545, they present the day-to-day activities of the impressive political and administrative system of Suleyman the Magnificent in a region of special importance to the empirethe Romanian territories. This four-month period, so rich in activity, is nonetheless one of the least documented periods of the history of the Romanian territories in the sixteenth century; it is also a period in which the true nature of the complex and pragmatic relationship between the sultan and the territories emerges most clearly. Text in French.

OUT OF PRINT. 367 pp. ISBN 0-916458-23-7 (paperback) LC 87-81953 (HURI) $35.50.

(Co-published with L'Ecole Des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales -- Paris)


Sources and Studies on the Ottoman Black Sea. vol. 1. The Customs Register of Caffa, 1487-1490.

Halil Inalcik

Halil Inalcik is the foremost Ottomanist in the world and has contributed a stunning new study of economic life of the Black Sea under Ottoman Rule. Caffa was Crimea's most important port and every nationality and religion of the Black Sea littoral resided there. The customs register provides important evidence about the economic activities of these parties, as well as detailed insight into the everyday life of the people of the region. All those interested in the Ottoman period and Black Sea history will find this to be a signal publications. Included are transliterations, translations into English, fascimiles of the defter, and essays by Professor Inalcik concerning Black Sea Ottoman history and economic activity.

OUT OF PRINT. 216 pp. maps, illus. ISBN 0-916458-82-2. (Softcover) (HUPI/NASO1) $42.00.

Simultaneously published with the series "Sources of Oriental Languages and Literatures."


The Ottoman Survey Register of Podolia (ca. 1681). Defter-i Mufassal-i Eyalet-i-Kamaniçe.

Dariusz Kolodziejczyk

The Ottoman survey registers (defter-i mufassal) are recognized as unparalleled sources on the demographic, economic, toponymic, onomastic, and linguistic characteristics of the regions for which they were made. The survey register for the province of Kamanice (the name used for the region of Podolia and city of Kamjanec' which the Ottomans conquered in 1672) is the only surviving survey register of an ethnic Ukrainian territory. With the publication of this survey, Podolia has the potential of becoming in several ways better known than any other region of Ukraine not only at that time. The defter aids the study of the disciplines noted above and is an invaluable source for students of economic history, especially those interested in the rural economies of Eastern Europe.

The full text of the defter is given in transcription in the first part, with a full facsimile edition given in the second part. All narrative documents are fully translated in appendices, while narrative segments of the registry portion of the defter are fully translated in the notes. Commentary is found in extensive notes and an introduction. The Ottoman Survey Register provides important new information on the Ottomans and their subjects living on Ukrainian territory. The first part also includes important interpretive maps keyed to the register and indices and glossaries.

2 parts, XVIII, 1034 pp., maps, ISBN 0-916458-78-4 (cloth), (HUP/KOLOTT) $75.00 (set).

[Co-published with the Institute of Oriental Studies, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine].

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