In this book, Georgios C. Liakopoulos presents a unique insight into late Byzantine Peloponnese society and its economy, and how these were incorporated into the Ottoman Empire, using as reference the cadastre compiled immediately after the Ottoman conquest. What makes this study imperative is the fact that no similar Byzantine document of the period has survived. The author offers a thorough analysis of the demography of the Peloponnese and its categorisation into urban/rural and sedentary/nomadic, concentrating on the Albanians, the second largest ethnic group after the Greeks. A detailed presentation of the level of agricultural production, livestock, fishing and commerce is illustrated with tables and charts. The book is complemented with a diplomatic edition of the transcribed Ottoman text and facsimiles of the cadastre.
Georgios C. Liakopoulos received his Ph.D. degree in History from Royal Holloway, University of London. His research interests broadly encompass Ottoman Palaeography, Epigraphy, Defterology, Historical Geography, and Economic and Environmental History. He taught Modern Turkish Language and Ottoman History and Palaeography at the University of Athens and Freie Universität Berlin. He is currently employed as Senior Postdoctoral Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena.
Published in collaboration with the Royal Asiatic Society as an Ibrahim Pasha of Egypt Fund title.
In conclusion, the “Early Ottoman Peloponnese” is undoubtedly a very important publication and, as it includes the full transliteration and facsimiles of the surviving Ottoman registers of 1460–1463, this is a publication to last.
Elias Kolovos, Südost-Forschungen
‘It is rare nowadays that a scholar embarks on such a painful and usually unrewarding task. Liakopoulos has edited and annotated the first Ottoman tax register of the Peloponnese with utmost care and erudition. The meticulous transliteration of this voluminous and difficult source is complemented by a thorough study of the historical geography of the peninsula, with emphasis on economic and demographical aspects. A work of high-quality scholarship, this book will undoubtedly constitute an indispensable reference for all future students of the Greek lands under Ottoman rule.’
Marinos Sariyannis, Institute for Mediterranean Studies/FORTH
‘This is an outstanding publication. Liakopoulos has done an excellent, thorough job by presenting a facsimile of the original and a richly annotated transliteration of this important early Ottoman tax register, together with a systematic study of the historical geography and demography as well as the economic development of early Ottoman Peloponnese based on the same source. The volume makes a very significant contribution – it not only further develops our understanding of early Ottoman rule in the Balkans, but will also facilitate future research on the economic and social development of the Ottoman Mediterranean and the nature of the early Ottoman state and society.’
Nikolay Antov, University of Arkansas