Book ID: CBB275188967

The Unsettled Plain: An Environmental History of the Late Ottoman Frontier (2022)


Gratien, Chris (Author)

Stanford University Press
Publication date: 2022
Language: English

Publication Date: 2022
Physical Details: 328

The Unsettled Plain studies agrarian life in the Ottoman Empire to understand the making of the modern world. Over the course of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the environmental transformation of the Ottoman countryside became intertwined with migration and displacement. Muslim refugees, mountain nomads, families deported in the Armenian Genocide, and seasonal workers from all over the empire endured hardship, exile, and dispossession. Their settlement and survival defined new societies forged in the provincial spaces of the late Ottoman frontier. Through these movements, Chris Gratien reconstructs the remaking of Çukurova, a region at the historical juncture of Anatolia and Syria, and illuminates radical changes brought by the modern state, capitalism, war, and technology. Drawing on both Ottoman Turkish and Armenian sources, Gratien brings rural populations into the momentous events of the period: Ottoman reform, Mediterranean capitalism, the First World War, and Turkish nation-building. Through the ecological perspectives of everyday people in Çukurova, he charts how familiar facets of quotidian life, like malaria, cotton cultivation, labor, and leisure, attained modern manifestations. As the history of this pivotal region hidden on the geopolitical map reveals, the remarkable ecological transformation of late Ottoman society configured the trajectory of the contemporary societies of the Middle East.

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Review Isacar A. Bolaños (2023) Review of "The Unsettled Plain: An Environmental History of the Late Ottoman Frontier". The Journal of Interdisciplinary History (pp. 676-678). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Baytop, Asuman
Brentjes, Sonja
Danbom, David B.
Elshakry, Marwa S.
O'Donnell, Ronan
Jones, Elizabeth
Agricultural History
Osmanli Bilimi Arastirmalari: Studies in Ottoman Science
Bulletin of the History of Archaeology
Ethics, Place and Environment
Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences
Journal of Historical Geography
Columbia University
Brepols Publishers
Franz Steiner Verlag
McGill-Queen's University Press
Stanford University Press
Texas A&M University Press
Land use
Land settlement
Rural history
Environmental history
Bornmüller, Joseph
Mao, Zedong
Rawls, John
Siehe, Walter
Jeppe, Karen
Heyerdahl, Thor
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, early
20th century
18th century
21st century
Ottoman Empire
United States
Western states (U.S.)
League of Nations
American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM)

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