SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East

Mr Taylan Gungor


Taylan Güngör
Centre for Ottoman Studies

Associate Member

Mr Taylan Gungor
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Thesis title:
The mercantile experience of Ottoman Pera in the century after 1453
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PhD Research

My research is into the mercantile experience of Pera after the conquest of Constantinople. The position of the Ottoman Empire in the region’s trading economy after 1453 was not a break with the past, trade relations established previously by Byzantium with the West continued under the Ottomans. Considering the experience of Pera, a unique example of the importance of privileges in the late Byzantine Empire, the question is why after 1453 there was a decline in western trade within the Ottoman Empire despite the tradition of privileges being continued and how this reflects on wider shifting trading circles.