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The Balkan Economies c.1800-1914 : Evolution without Development - M.R. Palairet

The Balkan Economies c.1800-1914

Evolution without Development

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The Balkan Economies c. 1800-1914 is a strongly revisionist book which compares the economic progress of Serbia, Bulgaria, Bosnia, Montenegro and Macedonia in the century before World War I. Michael Palairet draws heavily on native-language primary sources to argue that these territories probably experienced economic decline rather than growth, at least from the mid-nineteenth century. This comprehensive study of the economic evolution of the Balkans suggests that the Ottoman and Habsburg empires in providing a framework of order and property rights did more for agrarian and industrial development than succeeding regional and nationalist governments. Based on in-depth research, this book promises to be the definitive economic history of the Balkans.

"Palairet's new Balkan Economies may likely become the most authentic work on the topic." Business History Review "The author set out to provide an indispensable economic history for all scholars interested in the history of the Balkans and he is to be congratulated for successfully reaching his goal." Charles L. Bertrand, Canadian Journal of History "[Michael Palairet's] book, closely argued and documented from rarely tapped national archives and an immense range of contemporary and recent writings, is both a contribution to comparative economic history and a refutation of the hitherto widely accepted perception that, after 1878, Balkan-Slav economic growth was 'slow, faltering but still significant'(p. 1)." Michael Kaser, International History Review "Among the strengths revealed in this book is the author's ability to combine attention to detail with a broad comparative sweep...At its best, text and illustration come together to illuminate buildings as the embodiment of "competing visions" of aesthetic and social formation." Slavic Rreview "...a controversial and immensely stimulating piece of scholarship." David F. Good, Journal of Modern History

List of Tables
Preface
The Balkan Economies during the Ottoman Period to 1878
Balkan population 1790-1914
The Balkans under the Ottomans 1800-1860s: institutional change and economic progress
Agriculture and industry in Ottoman Bulgaria in the twilight of Ottoman rule
Serbia 1815-1875: institutions, resources and market forces
Bosnia and Montenegro before 1878
The Ottoman Balkans and free Serbia: economic conditions and 'renascence'
Economic Decline and Political Freedom 1878-1914
Bulgaria after 1878: origins of productive decline
Bosnia and Montenegro: political change and economic development 1878-1914
The Balkan textile industries 1878-1914: markets, technology, labour
Serbia and Bulgaria 1878-1914: modernization and productive decline
Economic change in Macedonia and Thrace 1878-1914
Summary and conclusions
Bibliography
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ISBN: 9780521580519
ISBN-10: 052158051X
Series: Cambridge Studies in Modern Economic History
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 13th January 1998
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.8