Rise of Oriental Travel: English visitors to the Ottoman Empire, 1580-1720

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The Rise of Oriental Travel follows four Seventeenth-century Englishmen on their journeys around the Ottoman Empire while it was still expanding westward and the British were, for the first time in history, becoming important players in the Mediterranean. Contrary to the hostile declamations of Protestant preachers, they all found much to admire, from the multi-culturalism of the Ottoman system to the food, weather and styles of life. This book shows that hostility between East and West is neither historical nor inevitable, but rather the result of selective memory.

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"An unusually detailed and well-placed account of some fascinating cross-cultural encounters in the period between Shakespeare and Milton...MacLean's approach is refreshingly direct; he treats his four authors not as pawns on a chessboard of theory, but as human beings whose characters and experiences are of intrinsic interest...this is a fascinating and stimulating book, written with enthusiasm, skill, and an appealing sense of human sympathy."--Noel Malcolm, Sunday Telegraph
"The Rise of Oriental Travel is a beautifully written monograph on the attitudes which sixteenth - and seventeenth - century Westerners revealed as they explored the Ottoman Empire."--Times Literary Supplement
"A lively and enjoyable book."--Kostas Yiavis, Selwyn College, Cambridge

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230003262
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 8/8/2006
  • Edition description: Illustrate
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

GERALD MACLEAN is Professor of English at Wayne State University.

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Table of Contents

• Prologue
• Preface
• Acknowledgements
• List of Illustrations
• Thomas Dallam
• On First Setting Out
• Mediterranean Encounters
• Istanbul
• William Biddulph's Anxiety of Authorship
• Preacher Among the Diplomats
• Troublesome Travelling Churchmen
• Journey to Aleppo
• Biddulph's Lessons from Aleppo
• Journey to Jerusalem
• Sir Henry Blount, 1602-1682
• On Becoming a Passenger
• The Sinews of Empire: Venice to Istanbul
• Ottoman Egypt: African Empire in Ruins
• T.S.'s Adventures and Restoration England
• Captive Agency
• For the Vainglory of Being a "Traveller"
• Slavery in Algiers
• On Tour With the Ottoman Army
• Tlemcen: Life in a Desert City
• Epilogue: What About the Women, Then?
• The Strange Case of Anne, Lady Glover
• Notes
• Bibliography
• Index

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