The Shaping of Turkey in the British Imagination, 1776-1923

By David S Katz
Published by Palgrave Macmillan

£80.00 / $106.46 / 501.24 TL
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Hardback, 299 pages

‘Well-researched and very-well written ... makes the reader think in new ways on topics, people, and relationships that are sometimes taken for granted ... as such it will make a uniquely valuable contribution to our understanding of the nineteenth century in general and Ottoman relations with Europe in particular.’
Reşat Kasaba, University of Washington, USA
Book Description

From the excerpt: This book is about the principal writings that shaped the perception of Turkey for informed readers in English, from Edward Gibbon’s positing of imperial Decline and Fall to the proclamation of the Turkish Republic (1923), illustrating how Turkey has always been a part of the modern British and Eurpean experience. It is a great sweep of a story: from Gibbon as standard textbook, through Lord Byron the pro-Turkish poet, and Benjamin Disraeli the romantic novelist of all things Eastern, followed by John Buchan’s Greenmantle First World War espionage fantasies, and then Manchester Guardian reporter Arnold Toynbee narrating the fight for Turkish independence.

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