Sakin Erin

Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department or School

Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology

Committee Member

Jay A. Weinstein, PhD, Chair

Committee Member

Robert M. Orrange, PhD


In this study I will be focusing on classical world system theory. I will discuss the revisions that are done to the system and how these revisions opened up possibilities to include the Ottoman Empire in the world system. The categories that were created by Immanuel Wallerstein to depict the world system, such as core, semi-periphery, periphery countries, and hegemonic states, suggest that a major actor in the system is left out. I will present historical facts showing how the Ottoman Empire and the Europeans were in a constant interaction. This interaction took place in different forms that were important in the emergence of the modern world system, but they were not discussed in the Wallersteinian model. I aim to place the Ottoman Empire in its proper position in the world system to present a better understanding of it.

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