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Hitit Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Enstitüsü Dergisi, vol.11, no.2, pp.1997-2011, 2018 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier


The state’s economy policies were discussed on press organs and journalists wrote about them.One of those journalists was Namık Kemal. Being the most known of Ottoman intellectuals in 19thcentury and the most effective journalist of the period Namık Kemal wrote many articles about thestate’s economy policies on press of the period even though he wasn’t an economist. Kemal showedthe government of the state as the reason of nondevelopment. He wanted that the agriculture being inthe first place, industry and trade sectors should also be considered important and improved for thestate’s development. Even though Kemal wanted the state would be governed in the direction of freetrade thinking, he also spoke of the free trade’s damages to country. Expressing that the 1838 tradeagreement was early and his criticisms such as the fact that the state could not produce effectivepolicies in the development of industry and trade showed that Kemal wasn’t a huge fan of free trade.In this study, Namık Kemal’s economic thoughts are expressed considering his articles abouteconomics on Tasvir-i Efkâr, Hürryet, İbret, Cüzdan and Diyojen newspapers.