A CASE OF COMMUNICATION IN THE OTTOMAN STATE MENZILS OF AMASYA
OSMANLI DEVLETİNDE HABERLEŞME AĞINA BİR ÖRNEK AMASYA MENZİLHÂNESİ

Author : Aysemin ÇANAK - -
Number of pages : 76-84

Abstract

Communication in the Ottoman State was made through the messengers from the first era of the state. The messengers usually provide the communication service of the state as an equestrian or pedestrian. Attention was paid to the fact that the messengers who brought the state's important and urgent news between the center and the provinces were reliable, honest and durable. The task of the menzils was to ensure regular and timely communication. It was very important for the Sultan's orders and orders to be delivered to the provincial officials in a timely manner and to ensure a regular and systematic communication between the state center and its provinces. In this study, the Ottoman menzils established in and around Amasya were examined in terms of their functions. First of all, the positions of the menzils, the distances to the birris and their general characteristics are revealed. Later on, some updated information on the sources of income, staffing and functions of menzils was presented by way of regional data. Again, the number of horses and drivers given to the messengers in various periods of time were specified from the Amasya Menzils to show how much these units were utilized at minimum level.

Keywords

Menzils of Ottoman Empire, Menzils of Amasya, Communication

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