Feeding Istanbul: The Political Economy of Urban Provisioning

How was Istanbul, once the capital of the Ottoman Empire and
now the financial heart of contemporary Turkey, provisioned in the early 19th century? Tracing how the sovereign’s duty to provision the city and protect his subjects from hunger was gradually transferred to the market and became the responsibility of the subjects (and later, citizens), Feeding Istanbul makes a compelling case for situating food politics and politics of urban provisioning in particular at the center of the way we think about sovereignty.

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