An Ottoman Classical Political Economist: Sarantis Archigenes and His Tasarrufat-i Mulkiye

GENÇ H. , Özgür E.

MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES, cilt.47, no.2, ss.329-342, 2011 (SSCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 47 Konu: 2
  • Basım Tarihi: 2011
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1080/00263206.2011.542001
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.329-342


In the 1840s Sarantis Archigenes, an Ottoman Greek citizen, wrote a book on political economy called Tasarrufat- Mulkiye. The book contained both political-economic knowledge and developmentalist policy recommendations for the Ottoman Empire. The emphasis given to human capital, trade and transportation, industrialization and property relations is noteworthy. Since it did not reach large numbers of people, the importance of Tasarrufat- Mulkiye has not been appreciated. The goal of this article is to provide an account of Archigenes' views on political economy as presented in his long-neglected book. Had the policy makers in the Empire in the second half of the nineteenth century taken Archigenes' views seriously, a sound development strategy could have been formed.