System Crisis and Theater in the Ottoman Empire

In this work, the term “artistic truth” is a starting point for studying the past through two works of literature; two theater plays written in late nineteenth century in order to get a multifaceted picture of the time. In this analytical reading, the Habermasian perspective of “system crisis” provides a useful basis from which to give meaning to world presented in these plays. The author analyzes Şemsettin Sami’s Gave (1877) to put forth his political vision and advice to save the empire from a systemic crisis, and Hagop Baronian’s The Honorable Beggars (1881) disclosing the playwright’s view about the destructive effects of the Ottoman system crisis on the Armenian community living in Istanbul.

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Kitabın Adı:

System Crisis and Theater in the Ottoman Empire


Fırat Güllü

Dizi Adı:

Tarih - 180

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13.5 x 21 cm.


Enzo 70 gr.


Bora Gürsoy


250 gr. Mat, Amerikan Bristol, 4 renk




Preface / Acknowledgements


Targets and Theoretical Premises

Pursuing a General System Crisis Theory

A General Theory of Crisis

Late Ottoman History and the Theory of Crisis

History and Theater

History and Literature

Theatre as Literature

Representation of the Late Ottoman System Crisis in Theatre Plays

Şemsettin Sami's Gave (1877)

Hagop Baronian's The Honorable Beggars (1881)

Theories of System Crisis

Theories of Endemic Economic Crisis of Capitalism Before and After Marx

Talcott Parsons' Systems Theory and the "Integration Crisis"

Jürgen Habermas and the Theory of "System Crisis"

Looking at the Late Ottoman History from a Habermasian Perspective of System Crisis

Modern Historiography of the Late Ottomans and the Concept of System Crisis

Identity and System Crisis in Late Ottoman Society

Westernization Processes; Integration into the Liberal Capitalist World-Economy, and Identity Crisis in Early Nineteenth Century Ottoman Society

Zürcher and Goergeon's Arguments about the Crisis of the Late Ottoman Empire

Reformulating Zürcher and Georgeon's Arguments from the Perspective of Habermasian System Crises Theory

Representing Crisis on the Stage

History through Literature

Rhetoric and History

Different Representations of the Past: Fiction and History

Proposal for an Analytical Methodology

Representation of the Past on the Theater Stage

Historical Dramas and Comedies on the Late Ottoman Stages

Theater Performances and Play-Writing Activities in Late Ottoman Istanbul

Two Plays on Ottoman System Crisis in the Late nineteenth Century

Şemsettin Sami's Gave: Representations and ResolutIons

Rhetorical Analysis

The Inner Temporality of the Story

The Inner Temporality of the Plot/Discourse

The Plot

The Discourse

Historical Analysis

The Outer Temporality of the Author

A Short Biography

Sami's Approach to the Ottoman System Crisis and His Advice for Its Resolution

Socialism as the Hope of Human Being

In the Subservience of Two Nations

The Outer Temporality of the Reader

Hagop BaronIan's Honorable Beggars: Destructive Effects of the CrIsIs on the Armenian Community

Rhetorical Analysis

The Inner Temporalities of the Story and the Plot/ Discourse

The Story and Plot

Historical Analysis

The Outer Temporality of Author

A Short Biography

Macro Cosmos: The Greater Picture of the Eastern Crisis (1872-1880)

Micro Cosmos: Perspectives from Tiyatro on the Footsteps of the Crisis(1874-1875)

The Outer Temporality of Reader

Good Times

Bad Times

The Time of the Crisis

Conclusion Bibliography INDEX