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Frontiers of the State in the Late Ottoman Empire

Frontiers of the State in the Late Ottoman Empire
Transjordan, 1850–1921

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  • Date Published: April 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521892230

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  • Using new archival material from Ottoman, Arabic and European sources, Eugene Rogan documents the case of Transjordan to provide a theoretically informed account of how the Ottoman state restructured itself during the last decades of its empire. In so doing, he explores the idea of frontier as a geographical and cultural boundary and sheds light on the processes of state formation that led to the creation of the Middle East as it is today. The book concludes with an examination of the Ottoman legacy in the modern state of Jordan.

    • A revisionist interpretation which contributes to the emerging literature which is rethinking Ottoman history
    • A rural history of the Middle East which employs original archival material to reinforce its argument
    • Scholar already well known in his field for scholarly excellence and accessibility of approach
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    • Awarded both the Albert Hourani Book Award and the Turkish Studies Association Koprulu Prize at the Middle East Studies Association conference in November 2000.

    Reviews & endorsements

    "Rogan's study makes a significant contribution to scholarly discussions of Ottoman and Middle Eastern history by pointing out just how effective Ottoman provincial administration could be in the late nineteenth century." History

    "By choosing to differentiate between the construction of a state infrastructure and the creation of a nation, Rogan offers a new context in which to think of the late Ottoman period, the subsequent creation of Transjordan/Jordan, and nation and state-building in general. This book is thus a much-welcomed addition to each of these literatures." Arab Studies Journal

    "...Rogan utilizes Ottoman state documents, European diplomatic sources, and memoirs. Rogan's book is beautifully clear and well organized." - Linda T. Darling, University of Arizona

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521892230
    • length: 292 pages
    • dimensions: 232 x 155 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus. 2 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The Transjordan frontier in 1850
    2. Ottomans: establishing a permanent presence in Transjordan
    3. Settlement: colonization, the application of the 1858 land law, and their fiscal consequences
    4. Merchants
    5. Missionaries
    6. Accommodation: rapid social change in Ottoman Transjordan
    7. Resistance: popular rebellion and the 1910 Karak Revolt
    8. The First World War

  • Author

    Eugene L. Rogan, University of Oxford


    • Awarded both the Albert Hourani Book Award and the Turkish Studies Association Koprulu Prize at the Middle East Studies Association conference in November 2000.

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