Arch Dalrymple III Department of History

University of Mississippi

Richard Wittmann – European Craftsmen in the Ottoman Empire

RICHARD WITTMANN, Associate Director of the Orient-Institut Istanbul
Traditional guild regulations dating back to the Middle Ages required that, after completing an apprenticeship, journeymen take to the road and practice their new skills elsewhere before coming home and taking the examination for master of their craft. Originally very short, these journeys expanded to far-flung destinations in the 19th century. In this lecture, Dr. Wittmann explores the self narratives of a few of these craftsmen who traveled to the Ottoman Empire.