• From Class Solidarity to Revolution: The Radicalization of Arsenal Workers in the Late Ottoman Empire

    Author(s):
    Akın Sefer (see profile)
    Date:
    2013
    Subject(s):
    Labor history, Middle Eastern history, Ottoman Empire, Social history
    Item Type:
    Article
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6XZ52
    Abstract:
    This article introduces a bottom-up perspective to the history of the Revolution of 1908 in the Ottoman Empire by focusing on the experiences of workers in the Imperial Naval Arsenal (Tersane-i Amire) in Istanbul. Drawing mainly on primary documents, the article explores, from a class-formation perspective, the struggles and relations of Arsenal workers from the second half of the nineteenth century until the revolution. The Arsenal workers’ involvement in the revolution was rooted in their class solidarity, which was revealed in a number of ways throughout this period. The workers’ immediate embrace of the revolution was spurred by their radicalization against the state; such radicalization stemmed from the state’s failure to solve the workers’ persistent economic problems, and its attempts to discharge them and replace them with military labor. The case of the Arsenal workers thus points to the role of working-class discontent in the history of the revolution, a dimension that has thus far been only minimally addressed in Ottoman historiography.
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