Compradors to Cosmopolitans? The Historiographical Fortunes of Merchants in Eastern Mediterranean Ports

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dc.contributor.author GEKAS, Athanasios
dc.date.accessioned 2008-07-14T17:07:07Z
dc.date.available 2008-07-14T17:07:07Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.issn 1830-7728
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1814/9015
dc.description.abstract This paper examines a complex and occasionally much debated issue: whether class analysis is a suitable analytical tool when studying the history of the merchant groups that developed in Eastern Mediterranean ports in the second half of the nineteenthcentury or whether historians, taking note of the ethnic composition of these merchant groups (primarily Greeks, Jews, and Armenians, but in some instances, also, both Muslim and Christian Arabs) should rely on the language and approaches of (what we can broadly define as ) communitarian studies. The paper aims both to provide a broad coverage of the historiographical debate on these issues and to offer some insights into avenues worth exploring in future research. The first part concentrates on a critical discussion of approaches that can broadly be considered as privileging the category of class; the second part addresses some of the issues of subjectivity, identity and values that have recently engaged the attention of historians. The paper concludes but does not resolve with the issue whether historians can accommodate in their interpretation both class and cosmopolitanism as analytical tools for studying the history of Eastern Mediterranean ports (assuming that cosmopolitanism is an analytical tool). en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher European University Institute
dc.relation.ispartofseries EUI MWP en
dc.relation.ispartofseries 2008/29 en
dc.subject Class en
dc.subject bourgeoisie en
dc.subject cosmopolitanism en
dc.subject merchants en
dc.subject Eastern Mediterranean en
dc.subject port cities en
dc.subject nineteenth century en
dc.title Compradors to Cosmopolitans? The Historiographical Fortunes of Merchants in Eastern Mediterranean Ports en
dc.type Working Paper en
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