By David S. Katz
This ebook is ready the vital writings that formed the conception of Turkey for knowledgeable 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 constantly been part of the fashionable British and ecu event. it's a nice sweep of a narrative: from Gibbon as general textbook, via Lord Bryon the pro-Turkish poet, and Benjamin Disraeli the Romantic novelist of all issues japanese, via John Buchan's Greenmantle First global conflict espionage fantasies, after which Manchester Guardian reporter Arnold Toynbee narrating the struggle for Turkish independence.
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This fraternization has seldom been the case since Gibbon, not only because of the question of languages, but also because of very divergent historiographical traditions, not to mention national and political proclivities. Gibbon’s next chapter (64) brings him back to the Muslims, whose history so fascinated him. 1227), ruler of the Mongol Empire. Some of what Gibbon writes is mere polemic: But it is the religion of Zingis [Khan] that best deserves our wonder and applause. The Catholic inquisitors of Europe, who defended nonsense by cruelty, might have been confounded by the example of a Barbarian, who anticipated the lessons of philosophy, and established by his laws a system of pure theism and perfect toleration.
68 The Byzantine Empire was powerless to stop the relentless expansion of the Ottomans because it was fatally crippled in the middle of the fourteenth century by civil war, which had been the subject of Gibbon’s Chap. 63. But he could not resist repeating his outrage that in return for Ottoman military support, John VI Cantacuzenos’s daughter ‘Theodora was delivered to her barbarous lord’ Orhan in ‘the marriage of a Christian princess with a sectary of Mahomet’. Later on, as Greek emperor, Cantacuzenos and Orhan had a lovely outing with their families at Üsküdar (Scutari) on the Asian side, and Theodora was allowed to spend some days with her mother in Constantinople.
63. But he could not resist repeating his outrage that in return for Ottoman military support, John VI Cantacuzenos’s daughter ‘Theodora was delivered to her barbarous lord’ Orhan in ‘the marriage of a Christian princess with a sectary of Mahomet’. Later on, as Greek emperor, Cantacuzenos and Orhan had a lovely outing with their families at Üsküdar (Scutari) on the Asian side, and Theodora was allowed to spend some days with her mother in Constantinople. 69 Even more fateful in the long run was the introduction of Turks into Europe.
The Shaping of Turkey in the British Imagination, 1776–1923 by David S. Katz