Learned Patriots: Debating Science, State, and Society in by M. Alper Yalçinkaya

By M. Alper Yalçinkaya

The 19th century used to be, for lots of societies, a interval of coming to grips with the growing to be, and possible unstoppable, domination of the realm through the “Great Powers” of Europe. The Ottoman Empire used to be no exception: Ottomans from all walks of life—elite and non-elite, Muslim and non-Muslim—debated the explanations for what they thought of to be the Ottoman decline and ecu ascendance. essentially the most renowned motives used to be deceptively easy: technology. If the Ottomans might undertake the hot sciences of the Europeans, it was once usually argued, the honour days of the empire should be revived.


In Learned Patriots, M. Alper Yalçinkaya examines what it intended for nineteenth-century Ottoman elites themselves to have a debate approximately technological know-how. Yalçinkaya reveals that for apprehensive nineteenth-century Ottoman politicians, intellectuals, and litterateurs, the executive query was once now not concerning the that means, advantages, or hazards of technology. fairly, what mattered have been the characteristics of the hot “men of science.” might younger, bold males with clinical schooling be dependable to the nation? have been they “proper” contributors of the neighborhood? technological know-how, Yalçinkaya indicates, turned an issue which can rarely be mentioned irrespective of identification and morality.


Approaching technology in tradition, Learned Patriots contributes to the becoming literature on how technology travels, representations and public conception of technological know-how, technology and faith, and technological know-how and morality. also, it is going to attract scholars of the highbrow heritage of the center East and Turkish politics.

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