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East Encounters West : France and the Ottoman Empire in the Eighteenth Century - Fatma Muge Gocek

East Encounters West

France and the Ottoman Empire in the Eighteenth Century

Hardcover Published: 3rd December 1987
ISBN: 9780195048261
Number Of Pages: 208

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In 1720, an Ottoman ambassador was sent to the court of the Child King Louis XV to observe Western civilization and report on what he saw and how it could be applied in the Ottoman Empire. Based on the accounts of this ambassador, East Encounters West studies the impact of the West on the Ottoman empire and the impact of this Ottoman embassy on the two societies. In France, the presence of the embassy yielded only a brief fashion of Turquerie, whereas in the Ottoman empire, it yielded the first official printing press, signalling an important step toward Western style. GAAek here assesses the reasons behind these differential impacts through three factors: the Western technological advances, consequent commercial expansion, and the different reactions of various social groups in the Ottoman empire to these developments. Her analysis reveals a far-reaching and complex Westernization process that permeated Turkish society as it was approved and imported by dignitaries and eventually passed onto average households. Sketching the process of Westernization from the perspective of Easterners, this unique book throws new light on the cultural differences between these two major civilizations and on the nature of cultural transmission and diffusion.

"Extremely insightful and useful."--American Historical Review "A fascinating and scholarly account of important aspects of Western influence on Ottoman development. It deserves special praise for its use of sources....The book is important for students of international relations and for addressing the general question of hwo widely differing civilizations influence each other."--Middle East Journal "Extremely insightful and useful."--American Historical Review "A fascinating and scholarly account of important aspects of Western influence on Ottoman development. It deserves special praise for its use of sources....The book is important for students of international relations and for addressing the general question of hwo widely differing civilizations influence each other."--Middle East Journal

Illustrationsp. xi
Note on Transcription and Pronunciationp. xiii
Interaction Between Two Societies Through an Embassy
Introductionp. 3
Initiation of the Embassy and the Voyagep. 7
The Cultural Interactionp. 24
The Returnp. 62
The Impact of the Embassyp. 72
Factors Affecting the Interaction and the Western Impact
Comparison of Three Ottoman Embassiesp. 85
Factors Affecting the Spread of Western Impact in Ottoman Society
Commercep. 97
Technologyp. 103
Social Groups in Ottoman Societyp. 116
Conclusionp. 136
Appendixes
The Texts of Mehmed Efendi's Embassyp. 139
The Retinue of Yirmisekiz Celebi Mehmed Efendip. 140
The Route of the Voyagep. 141
Gift Exchangesp. 142
The Household of the Grand Vezirp. 145
Notesp. 147
Bibliographyp. 169
Indexp. 177
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ISBN: 9780195048261
ISBN-10: 0195048261
Series: Studies in Middle Eastern History (Hardcover)
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 3rd December 1987
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.79 x 14.55  x 1.88
Weight (kg): 0.44