Inventor and the State: Inventors in the Late Ottoman Period

Yuksel A.

BELLETEN, vol.75, no.274, pp.783-817, 2011 (Journal Indexed in AHCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 75 Issue: 274
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Title of Journal : BELLETEN
  • Page Numbers: pp.783-817


We observe a tangible increase in the number of the people who were keen on producing new things in the whole world after the Industrial Revolution. This does not mean that there was no inventor before the Industrial Revolution but it was not possible to see them as studious and enthusiastic as they were after the revolution. Just like this development was the product of the industrial evolution seen within the context of an unbroken technological progress, the development of modern industry has been the work of a world of inventors awakened after this evolution. Therefore industry, technology and invention have become the three intertwined concepts which can not be separated from each other. The question is then whether the inter-relation among these concepts was understood by the Ottoman side? Where is the Ottoman geography where a real industrial revolution could not have been realized in this new world of renovation? Was it informed about the events there? Did it try to specially for form an inventor environment of itself? Could it have done its best when the inventors hoped the help and support of the state?