British Diplomacy in Turkey, 1583 to the present (Diplomatic by G.R. Berridge

By G.R. Berridge

Because the early 20th century the resident embassy has been speculated to be residing on borrowed time. through an exhaustive ancient account of the contribution of the British Embassy in Turkey to Britain's diplomatic courting with that kingdom, this e-book 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 structures, diplomats, dragomans, consular community, and communications. half B examines how, with none radical adjustments other than in its communications, it effectively met the heavy calls for made on it within the following century, for instance via taking part in a key function in a mess of bilateral negotiations and supplying conceal to mystery brokers and medication liaison officials.

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1794; Diary of John B. S. Morritt, 25 July–1 Sept. 1794 (text kindly supplied by Peter Hogarth). 27 Morritt had to lodge instead at “a Venetian hotel, which miserable as it was is the best in the place”, he recorded in his journal. Nevertheless, he had a “general invitation to his [Liston’s] house at all hours” and regularly dined there, letter to his sister from Zyorlu, 25 July 1794 (text kindly supplied by Peter Hogarth). 28 TNA, British Palace (Embassy House) at Pera (Constantinople), John Field (FO), 6 Mar.

And once Russia started to threaten the complete destruction of the Ottoman Empire in the late eighteenth century and thus upset the equilibrium of Europe as a whole, the simple survival of that empire—‘the sick man of Europe’—became a fixed point of British policy. However, manipulating the policy of a Muslim state, especially if this meant inciting it to attack Christendom, caused unease at home and was a propaganda gift to England’s Catholic enemies everywhere. As a result, it was one for which the English government was usually inclined to deny any responsibility.

2, p. 36. 44 Except where otherwise indicated, the account of this controversy is based on the evidence presented in Yurdusev, ‘The British Embassy in Mid-Nineteenth Century Constantinople’. ‘the english palace’ 15 somewhere altogether different, for example at Therapia or somewhere else on the Bosphorus? Lord Palmerston, who had been made foreign secretary by Lord Grey in 1830, was firm in his view that the embassy should be rebuilt on the old site in Pera. 45 The embassy had to be in Pera, maintained the Foreign Office, in order to be close to the Ottoman ministries as well as the other foreign missions; so that the dragomans, who all lived there and were under fresh suspicion at this time (see Chapter 3), could be closely observed by the ambassador and his staff; and in order that the British colony could be well served, not least by provision of a new chapel.

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