An English Consul in Turkey: Paul Rycaut at Smyrna 1667-1678 by Sonia P. Anderson

An English Consul in Turkey: Paul Rycaut at Smyrna 1667-1678

bySonia P. AndersonAs told byNortham Anderson

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

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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.

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Sonia P. Anderson is at Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts.

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Title:An English Consul in Turkey: Paul Rycaut at Smyrna 1667-1678Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.94 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019820132X

ISBN - 13:9780198201328

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'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