Property, Geopolitics, and Eurocentrism: The “Great Divergence” and the Ottoman Empire

Eren Duzgun

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The Ottoman Empire has thus far remained at the margin of the “Great Divergence” debate. Relatedly, no systematic attempt has been made to overcome Eurocentric views about the early modern Ottoman Empire. This paper seeks to fill this gap by problematizing and re-historicizing arguably the core concept of the Great Divergence debate, that is, capitalism. Drawing from the theory of social-property relations, the paper reconsiders the question of the origin of capitalism, and by doing so, provides not only new comparative insights on the early modern Ottoman Empire, but also the preliminary outlines of an alternative non-Eurocentric reading of world historical development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-43
Number of pages20
JournalReview of Radical Political Economics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Eurocentrism
  • absolutism
  • class
  • origin of capitalism
  • property relations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Economics and Econometrics


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