Britons in the Ottoman Empire, 1642-1660

Britons in the Ottoman Empire, 1642-1660

by Daniel Goffman, Danial Goffman
     
 

The Englishman abroad is often viewed as the imperialist incarnate, an image perhaps not so far from certain 19th century realities. Yet consider the English merchant or diplomat who ventured to Asia in the 17th century. Up against the huge, powerful, and refined Ottoman state, he was but a feeble and barely countenanced outsider. Far from bending the Ottoman

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The Englishman abroad is often viewed as the imperialist incarnate, an image perhaps not so far from certain 19th century realities. Yet consider the English merchant or diplomat who ventured to Asia in the 17th century. Up against the huge, powerful, and refined Ottoman state, he was but a feeble and barely countenanced outsider. Far from bending the Ottoman Empire to English will, it was the English adventurer who had to conform -- and who sometimes found himself used for the Ottomans’ political and military ends.

In this book, historian Daniel Goffman uses a wealth of English and ottoman primary sources to recreate the lives of some of the Englishmen who adapted -- or failed to adapt -- to life, commerce, and politics in the Ottoman Empire during the turmoil of the civil wars and interregnum at home. In describing the dramas of intrigue, shifting allegiances, and self-interest in which these Englishmen became embroiled, Goffman shows how they accommodated themselves to a profoundly foreign society. They fused themselves into the great diversity that was the Ottoman realm and laid the groundwork for a commercial and diplomatic network that their successor would forge into a great empire in Asia.

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Uses a wealth of English and Ottoman primary sources to re-create the lives of some of the Englishmen who adapted, or failed to adapt, to life, commerce, and politics in the Ottoman Empire during the turmoil of the civil wars and interregnum at home. Shows how their dramas of intrigue, shifting allegiances, and self-interest laid the groundwork for a commercial and diplomatic network that their successors would forge into a great empire in Asia. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780295976686
Publisher:
University of Washington Press
Publication date:
01/01/1998
Series:
Publications on the Near East Series
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.42(w) x 9.32(h) x 1.05(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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