Institute at Brown for Environment and Society

Anil Askin



Anil studies environmental history of private and state agrarian enterprises in the Ottoman Empire, focusing on different breeds of sheep in the 18th and 19th century Ottoman Empire. He sets out to examine how the question of breed started to become a matter of culinary finesse, a recipe for developmental success, and a gateway to reorganize provincial land and labor radically. In so doing, he hopes to connect the seemingly separate stages (farm, market, city) and various actors (shepherd, merchant, butcher, bureaucrat) of sheep economies within the global history of early capitalism.