New PDF release: British Diplomacy in Turkey, 1583 to the present (Diplomatic

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By G.R. Berridge

ISBN-10: 900417639X

ISBN-13: 9789004176393

Because the early 20th century the resident embassy has been presupposed to be dwelling on borrowed time. by way of an exhaustive historic account of the contribution of the British Embassy in Turkey to Britain's diplomatic dating with that kingdom, this ebook exhibits this to be fake. half A analyses the evolution of the embassy as a operating unit as much as the 1st global battle: the constructions, diplomats, dragomans, consular community, and communications. half B examines how, with none radical alterations other than in its communications, it effectively met the heavy calls for made on it within the following century, for instance by means of enjoying a key position in a large number of bilateral negotiations and offering disguise to mystery brokers and medication liaison officials.

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47 Boase, ‘Ponsonby’. 16 chapter one for the new embassy building were as unsuitable as the neighbourhood in which it was proposed to erect it: ill-adapted to both the country and the requirements of his mission. Rejecting the Foreign Office plan, Ponsonby argued that the new British Palace should be built at Therapia. This was a place he loved and where, despite the now somewhat dilapidated condition of the summer embassy, he spent as much time as possible, declining the Foreign Office offer of funds for renting in Pera and exaggerating the amount of time spent on the Upper Bosphorus by those he regularly needed to see.

The sultans were not always so enamoured as the foreign ambassadors of Constantinople and its environs and in the second half of the seventeenth century spent a great deal of time in Adrianople (now Edirne), their capital for the century before the fall of Constantinople in 1453. 15 This meant that the ambassadors, including the English Ambassador, had to follow them. 17 Much later, he preferred Buyukdere or Therapia, both villages on the European shore of the Upper Bosphorus. 18 Diplomatic contact as well as pleasure was served by the summer embassy, for Ottoman ministers and other diplomats were to be found in the same vicinity during the summer months.

As for the building which housed the ambassador and his family, this might be considered worthy of only a long footnote. It is dealt with in the first chapter partly because it was the first material condition in Turkey of an effective diplomacy and partly because—in its location as well as its character—it was itself periodically the subject of controversy. And so to what for a long time the Turks called the ‘English Palace’. 1 They did this because of the strong and enduring belief that the Ottoman government attached particular importance to ‘outward appearances’ and because the rivalry between the great powers for influence at the Porte was always intense.

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