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Public Debt as Public Interest: A Long History of the Ottoman Bankruptcy and the Politics of Investment, 1854-1944

April 11, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Daniel Stolz is a Kemal H. Karpat Assistant Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He researches and teaches the history of the late Ottoman Empire and the emergence of the modern Middle East in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  He is especially interested to understand how Ottomans used new kinds of technical knowledge to transform their society in the decades before World War I. His first book, The Lighthouse and the Observatory: Islam, Science, and Empire in Late Ottoman Egypt (Cambridge University Press, 2018) shows how new astronomical practices enabled the growth of the modern Egyptian state, as well as the emergence of Islamic movements that emphasized uniform and precise observance of ritual duties.  He is currently beginning research for a new book, Middle East Public Debt and Global Financial Knowledge. This project investigates the Ottoman state defaults of the 1870s as part of the global rise of sovereign debt and its forms of expertise.

Co-organized by Giuliana Chamedes (History) and Scott Gehlbach (Political Science), the History and Politics Workshop facilitates cooperation and exchange among political scientists and historians. Through a regular seminar series, we expose faculty and graduate students in the two disciplines to cutting-edge theoretical and empirical work. In the process, we work to develop a better understanding of how historians and political scientists think and how we can learn from one another. We also discuss barriers to intellectual trade and how these might be lowered. In our first three years, we have put political and intellectual historians in dialogue with specialists in political theory, political economy, comparative politics, and international relations.

The Brittingham Trust generously provides support for the History and Politics Workshop.


April 11, 2019
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Curti Lounge, 5233 Mosse Humanities
455 N Park St
Madison, 53706 United States
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