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An English consul in Turkey : Paul Rycaut at Smyrna, 1667-1678 /
Sonia P. Anderson.
imprint
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c1989.
description
xii, 323 p.
ISBN
019820132X :
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imprint
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c1989.
isbn
019820132X :
catalogue key
213153
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Review Quotes
'admirable book ... The author gives us much more than a biography. Exploiting a remarkably wide range of archival material, public and private, local and national, she has followed up every line radiating from Rycaut's consulship. He well deserved a sympathetic, rounded and definitive study;and the author has done him proud.'V.L. Menage, SOAS Bulleting, Vol. LIV, Part 1
'admirable book ... The author gives us much more than a biography. Exploiting a remarkably wide range of archival material, public and private, local and national, she has followed up every line radiating from Rycaut's consulship, pithily describing the foreign colonies at Smyrna and theirfortunes and social life during his time there ... He well deserved a sympathetic, rounded and definitive study: and the author has done him proud.'SOAS Bulletin
'an extremely well researched and well written book which gives us a wealth of information on the commercial and social history of Smyrna ... an important book.'Journal of the Society of Archivists
'Archivist Sonia Anderson and Paul Rycaut, the subject of her biography, have much in common as writers. Both have treated their readers to a rich multi-dimensional picture of the seventeenth-century Levant world. Anderson, like the envoy she describes, writes about the diplomatic, social,and commercial community of Smyrna in meticulous detail ... she has connected Rycaut and the Levant merchants to their social, economic, and political environment. In doing so, she has also shed new light on the way in which trading companies linked seventeenth-century England to the Ottoman Empireand the wider world.Archives
'certainly a book which does justice to its remarkable subject ... Anderson's monograph, based on much patient and careful research, provides an engaging and well-written introduction to the worlds of commerce, politics, and scholarship in later seventeenth-century England and the OttomanEmpire ... It carries its scholarship very lightly and contains numerous memorable "vignettes".'International History Review
'Miss Anderson's book is extremely well-researched ... it is also well-written, informative without being too dry, and full of good sense and even good humour'I. Metin Kunt, University of Cambridge, EHR, Jan '91
'... presents a wealth of new and useful information ... thoroughly researched and subtly argued work bursting with facts that support not only her principal arguments and conclusions, but supply grist for the mill of researchers with different interpretive bents. ...she has created somethingof lasting value.'Turkish Studies Association Bulletin
'richly-documented and scrupulously written study'Colin Heywood, University of London, Proceedings, Vol. XXV No.2 (1990)
'... richly-documented and scrupulously written study illuminates not only Rycaut's eleven years as consul at Smyrna, but brilliantly recreates in closely-observed detail the kaleidoscopic Levantine society of English - and French and Dutch - merchants, ingratiating dragomans, complacent oroccasionally venal Ottoman officials, and visiting learned gentlemen from England, in which Rycaut spent his most productive years. ... her mastery of the unpublished British archival sources ...'Colin Heywood, Proceedings of the Huguenot Society of Great Britain and Ireland
"The evidence of this deepley researched book is that Rycaut truly deserved his excellent reputation as an official and author."--American Historical Review "Anderson with the archival craftsmanship characteristic of an assistant keeper of the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, portrays the factors and consuls against a Levantine backdrop....Anderson has mined and polished these [personal reflections], especially the illustrative vignette, with great care."--Albion "Presents a wealth of new and useful information....A refreshing change from the current glut of books in which heavy-handed analysis obtrudes....Anderson's book is a thoroughly researched and subtly argued work bursting with facts that support not only her principal arguments and conclusions, but supply grist for the mill of researchers with different interpretive bents."--Turkish Studies Association Bulletin "Anderson's valuable study casts new light upon many significant topics beyond the recognized significance of Paul Rycaut. The book offers a fascinating examination of complex business organizations and a most dynamic period in British mercantile history."--The Eighteenth Century: A Current Bibliography
"The evidence of this deepley researched book is that Rycaut truly deserved his excellent reputation as an official and author."-- American Historical Review "Anderson with the archival craftsmanship characteristic of an assistant keeper of the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, portrays the factors and consuls against a Levantine backdrop....Anderson has mined and polished these [personal reflections], especially the illustrative vignette, with great care."-- Albion "Presents a wealth of new and useful information....A refreshing change from the current glut of books in which heavy-handed analysis obtrudes....Anderson's book is a thoroughly researched and subtly argued work bursting with facts that support not only her principal arguments and conclusions, but supply grist for the mill of researchers with different interpretive bents."-- Turkish Studies Association Bulletin "Anderson's valuable study casts new light upon many significant topics beyond the recognized significance of Paul Rycaut. The book offers a fascinating examination of complex business organizations and a most dynamic period in British mercantile history."-- The Eighteenth Century: A Current Bibliography
"The evidence of this deepley researched book is that Rycaut truly deserved his excellent reputation as an official and author."--American Historical Review "Anderson with the archival craftsmanship characteristic of an assistant keeper of the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, portrays the factors and consuls against a Levantine backdrop....Anderson has mined and polished these [personal reflections], especially the illustrative vignette, with great care."--Albion "Presents a wealth of new and useful information....A refreshing change from the current glut of books in which heavy-handed analysis obtrudes....Anderson's book is a thoroughly researched and subtly argued work bursting with facts that support not only her principal arguments and conclusions, but supply grist for the mill of researchers with different interpretive bents."--Turkish Studies Association Bulletin "Anderson's valuable study casts new light upon many significant topics beyond the recognized significance of Paul Rycaut. The book offers a fascinating examination of complex business organizations and a most dynamic period in British mercantile history."--The Eighteenth Century: A CurrentBibliography
'the evidence of this deeply researched book is that Rycaut truly deserved his excellent reputation as an official and author.'American Historical Review
'... presents a wealth of new and useful information ... thoroughly researched and subtly argued work bursting with facts that support not only her principal arguments and conclusions, but supply grist for the mill of researchers with different interpretive bents. ...she has created something of lasting value.'Turkish Studies Association Bulletin'... richly-documented and scrupulously written study illuminates not only Rycaut's eleven years as consul at Smyrna, but brilliantly recreates in closely-observed detail the kaleidoscopic Levantine society of English - and French and Dutch - merchants, ingratiating dragomans, complacent or occasionally venal Ottoman officials, and visiting learned gentlemen from England, in which Rycaut spent his most productive years. ... her mastery of the unpublishedBritish archival sources ...'Colin Heywood, Proceedings of the Huguenot Society of Great Britain and Ireland'Archivist Sonia Anderson and Paul Rycaut, the subject of her biography, have much in common as writers. Both have treated their readers to a rich multi-dimensional picture of the seventeenth-century Levant world. Anderson, like the envoy she describes, writes about the diplomatic, social, and commercial community of Smyrna in meticulous detail ... she has connected Rycaut and the Levant merchants to their social, economic, and political environment. Indoing so, she has also shed new light on the way in which trading companies linked seventeenth-century England to the Ottoman Empire and the wider world.Archives'an extremely well researched and well written book which gives us a wealth of information on the commercial and social history of Smyrna ... an important book.'Journal of the Society of Archivists'richly-documented and scrupulously written study'Colin Heywood, University of London, Proceedings, Vol. XXV No.2 (1990)'admirable book ... The author gives us much more than a biography. Exploiting a remarkably wide range of archival material, public and private, local and national, she has followed up every line radiating from Rycaut's consulship. He well deserved a sympathetic, rounded and definitive study; and the author has done him proud.'V.L. Ménage, SOAS Bulleting, Vol. LIV, Part 1'certainly a book which does justice to its remarkable subject ... Anderson's monograph, based on much patient and careful research, provides an engaging and well-written introduction to the worlds of commerce, politics, and scholarship in later seventeenth-century England and the Ottoman Empire ... It carries its scholarship very lightly and contains numerous memorable "vignettes".'International History Review'admirable book ... The author gives us much more than a biography. Exploiting a remarkably wide range of archival material, public and private, local and national, she has followed up every line radiating from Rycaut's consulship, pithily describing the foreign colonies at Smyrna and their fortunes and social life during his time there ... He well deserved a sympathetic, rounded and definitive study: and the author has done him proud.'SOAS Bulletin'the evidence of this deeply researched book is that Rycaut truly deserved his excellent reputation as an official and author.'American Historical Review'Miss Anderson's book is extremely well-researched ... it is also well-written, informative without being too dry, and full of good sense and even good humour'I. Metin Kunt, University of Cambridge, EHR, Jan '91'Anderson's book is a most welcome addition to our knowledge of mid-seventeenth-century events. Economic and political historians will find much value in it ... it provides a wealth of food for thought for intellectual historians as well. The book has a very useful list of editions of Rycaut's writings.'Richard H. Popkin, University of California, Los Angeles, Mediterranean Historical Review, Vol. 7, No. 1, June '92
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Summaries
Long Description
The author and diplomat Sir Paul Rycaut (1629-1700) was the leading authority of his day on the Ottoman Empire. This biographical study draws on a wide range of source material to reconstruct for the first time his varied literary and official career. It also provides a lively account of the English community at Smyrna during the eleven years of his consulship there. Rycaut's seventeen years in Turkey were followed by a brief spell as chief secretary in Ireland under James II, and eleven years as British resident at the Hanse Towns for William and Mary. The main focus of the book, however, is on his consulship at Smyrna, the most important centre of English trade in the eastern Mediterranean. Sonia Anderson explores the social backgrounds and varying fortunes of the resident merchants, factory officials, and visiting sea-captains, and examines the economic reasons for the success of this outpost of Restoration enterprise.
Main Description
The author and diplomat Sir Paul Rycaut (1629-1700) was the leading authority of his day on the Ottoman Empire. Drawing on a wide range of source material, this biogrpahical study gives the first reconstruction of his varied literary and official career. It also provides a lively account of the little-known but thriving English community at Smyrna during the eleven years of his consulship there.
Main Description
The author and diplomat Sir Paul Rycaut (1629-1700) was the leading authority of his day on the Ottoman Empire. This biographical study draws on a wide range of source material to reconstruct for the first time his varied literary and official career. It also provides a lively account of theEnglish community at Smyrna during the eleven years of his consulship there. Rycaut's seventeen years in Turkey were followed by a brief spell as chief secretary in Ireland under James II, and eleven years as British resident at the Hanse Towns for William and Mary. The main focus of the book, however, is on his consulship at Smyrna, the most important centre of Englishtrade in the eastern Mediterranean. Sonia Anderson explores the social backgrounds and varying fortunes of the resident merchants, factory officials, and visiting sea-captains, and examines the economic reasons for the success of this outpost of Restoration enterprise.
Table of Contents
Abbreviationsp. x
The Franks at Smyrna, 1667-1678p. 1
The Consul's Apprenticeshipp. 19
Smyrna: The Other Nationsp. 49
Smyrna: The English Factoryp. 66
The Companyp. 117
Consular Affairsp. 174
Three Booksp. 210
The Later Yearsp. 248
Conclusionp. 288
Appendices
Rycaut's Worksp. 294
Rycaut's Familyp. 298
Rycaut's Estatep. 299
Indexp. 303
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