State University of New York Distinguished Professor
We are saddened to report the recent passing of our distinguished and beloved colleague, Don Quataert. A celebration of his life and contributions was on Saturday, April 2 at in the Anderson Center Chamber Hall on the Binghamton University Campus. You can watch the program in its entirety below.
Celebrating the Life of Donald Quataert: Part 1
Celebrating the Life of Donald Quataert: Part 2
Celebrating the Life of Donald Quataert: Part 3
I am a Middle East, Ottoman, historian interested in labor, social and economic history during the period 1750-1923. At the undergraduate level, I offer survey courses of Middle East history during the early modern and modern periods. In addition, I am active in the global history program of the department and, together with Jean Quataert, regularly team-teach an undergraduate course on Modern World History. At the graduate level I offer seminars and also work individually with students on their own areas of research interest. As needed, I provide training in the reading of Ottoman archival sources. I am also deeply committed to comparative and global history and offer training to students in all fields of study--e.g., U.S., Europe, Latin America--in the belief they will profit pedagogically and when entering the job market.
I welcome applications from students interested in all areas of Ottoman history. Throughout my career, I have sought to understand Ottoman history from below by examining the lives of Ottoman peasants and workers. This has been an exciting and challenging task, in part because our main sources of information are the records provided by the Ottoman state itself. Such records, naturally, give priority attention to issues around stability and the flow of tax revenues and not the lives and concerns of Ottoman subjects. That is, my main task has been to extract from the Ottoman documents stories they were not intended to reveal.
I have carried out extensive research on the economic and social history of the late Ottoman period, c. 1700-1922. The research has been based, first of all, on the Ottoman sources in the archives located in Istanbul as well as libraries there and in Ankara. I also have made quite considerable use of archives in Germany, Austria, France, England, and the United States.
My research interests first focused on agrarian change, a truly formidable and challenging subject, that still awaits a more thorough analysis by historians. I then turned to an investigation of changing transportation and communication systems and their impact on the economy, especially during the 19th century. More recently, labor history-a truly unexplored area of Ottoman studies-has been the main subject of my concern. Important issues here include the role of guild organizations in the work force; the importance of women as workers; the lives of labor; the role of the Janissaries in Ottoman guilds; and a reconstruction of the everyday lives of workers. I am preparing a history of the late Ottoman Empire based on the "corruption" case of an official in the Zonguldak coal field on the Black Sea coast of Ottoman Anatolia. This involves miners and their families, guilds, shopkeepers, mine operators, imams and state officials, c. 1900. It forms part of the larger project on the coal miners, c. 1820-1920.
Students interested in applying for graduate studies in Ottoman history should refer to the Graduate Programs. There you will find information on the application procedures and on the teaching assistantships that are available to qualified students.
Recent or current undergraduate courses:
- The Middle East Since 1453
- Twentieth-Century Middle East
- Seminar in Ottoman History
Recent or current graduate courses:
- The Middle East Since 1700
- Comparative Labor History (US, Europe, Third World)
- Ottoman Labor History
- Braudel's Mediterranean World
- Southeast Europe/Ottoman Empire
- Topics in Ottoman History
- 19th Century Ottoman History
- Miners and the State in the Ottoman Empire: the Zonguldak Coalfield, 1822-1920. Berghahn Press, 2006.
- There is a website, prepared with the assistance of Thomas M. Sliva, that contains a host of photographs, illustrations, maps, and documents relevant to this volume. Please visit the following sites http://bingiwas.binghamton.edu/~ottmiddl/ or http://bingweb.binghamton.edu/~coal/index.htm
- Editor, with Sabri Sayari, Turkish Studies in the United States,Bloomington, IN, 2003.
- Editor, "Labor History in the Ottoman Middle East, 1700-1922," in International Labor and Working Class History (Fall, 2001), 93-179.
- The Ottoman Empire 1700-1922 (Cambridge, 2000).
- Editor, Consumption Studies & The History Of The Ottoman Empire, 1550-1922. Albany, 2000.
- Workers and the Working Class in the Ottoman Empire and the Turkish Republic, 1839-1950. London, 1995.
- Co-editor, with Halil Inalcik and Erik Zurcher, Ottoman Empire: Society and Economy 1300-1914. Cambridge, 1994.
- "The Age of Reforms, 1812-1914," in Halil Inalcik with Donald Quataert, eds., The Ottoman Empire: Society and Economy 1300-1914. Cambridge, 1994, pp. 749-943.
- Workers, Peasants and Economic Change in the Ottoman Empire, 1730-1914. Istanbul, 1993.
- Ottoman Manufacturing in the Age of the Industrial Revolution. Cambridge, 1993.
- Co-editor, with Caglar Keyder and Eyup Ozveren, Port Cities of the Eastern Mediterranean, 1800-1914. Special Issue of Review, Fall 1993.
- Contributor and co-editor, with Heath Lowry, Humanist and Scholar. Essays in Honor of Andreas Tietze. Istanbul, 1993.
- Co-editor with Caglar Keyer, The 1838 Convention and Its Impact. New Perspectives on Turkey. Special Issue, Spring 1992.
- Manufacturing and Technology Transfer in the Ottoman Empire, 1800-1914. Istanbul, 1992.
- Co-Editor with Richard Antoun, Syria: Its Society, Culture and Polity. Albany, 1991.
- Social Disintegration and Popular Resistance in the Ottoman Empire, 1881-1908. Reactions to European Economic Penetration. New York, 1983.
- “Ottoman History Writing and Changing Attitudes towards the Notion of‘Decline’” History Compass, 2004. http://www.history-compass.com/viewpoint.asp?section=8&ref=28
- “Labor and the State in the Ottoman Empire during the Nineteenth Century,” in W. Arbid, S. Kançal et al, eds. Mediterranee, Moyen-Orient: deux
- siecles de relations internationals, recherches en homage a Jacques
- Thobie, (Larmattan: Paris, 2003), 145-157.
- “Ottoman History Writing at a Crossroads,” in Donald Quataert and Sabri Sayari,eds., Turkish Studies in the United States ,Bloomington, IN, 2003, 15-30.
- "Labor History and the Ottoman Empire, 1700-1922," in Donald Quataert, Editor, "Labor History in the Ottoman Middle East, 1700-1922," in International Labor and Working Class History (Fall, 2001), 93-109.
- Edited with Yuksel Duman, "A Coal Miner's Life in the Late Ottoman Empire," in Donald Quataert, Editor, "Labor History in the Ottoman Middle East, 1700-1922," in International Labor and Working Class History (Fall, 2001),153-179.
- "Clothing Laws, State and Society in the Ottoman Empire, 1720-1829," International Journal of Middle East Studies, August 1997, 403-425.
- "The Social History of Labor in the Ottoman Empire, 1800-1914," in Ellis Jay Goldberg, ed., The Social History of Labor in the Middle East (Boulder, Co., 1996), 19-36.
- "The Workers of Salonica, 1850-1912," in Quataert and Zurcher, 1995, 59-74.
- "Ottoman Workers and the State, 1826-1914,"' in Zachary Lockman, ed., Workers and Working Classes in the Middle East. Struggles, Histories, Historiographies (Albany, 1994), 21-40.
- "Janissaries, Artisans, and the Question of Ottoman Decline, 1730-1826," 17th International Congress of Historical Sciences, I, Chronological Section, (Madrid, 1992), 264-268.
- "Rural Unrest in the Ottoman Empire," in Farhad Kazemi and John Waterbury, eds., Peasants and Politics in the Modern Middle East, Miami, 1991, 38-49.
- "Ottoman Women, Households, and Textile Manufacturing, 1800-1914," in Nikki Keddie and Beth Baron, eds., Shifting Boundaries: Women and Gender in Middle Eastern History, New Haven, 1991, 161-176.
- "Labor and Working Class History during the Late Ottoman Period, c. 1800-1914," Turkish Studies Association Bulletin, 1991, 357-369.