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By G.R. Berridge

Because the early 20th century the resident embassy has been imagined to be dwelling on borrowed time. through an exhaustive old account of the contribution of the British Embassy in Turkey to Britain's diplomatic dating with that nation, this publication indicates this to be fake. half A analyses the evolution of the embassy as a operating unit as much as the 1st international struggle: the structures, 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 delivering hide to mystery brokers and medication liaison officials.

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Henceforth this country was to be regarded as Protestant England’s natural enemy. But Spain, with its important possessions along the Barbary Coast and in Italy, was also the natural enemy of the Ottoman Empire, at least in the West. 7 The manipulation of Turkish policy to suit England’s interests in the balance of power, or territory in Germany, did not always involve encouraging the sultan to attack the Habsburgs. Indeed, with the slow eclipse of Spain in the seventeenth century and the new need for Austria to give its undivided attention to helping Europe’s opposition to the rising power of France, the opposite policy was dictated.

1665–7. 43 TNA, British Embassy House at Therapia (Constantinople), John Field (FO), 6 Mar. 1926, FO366/834; Cunningham, vol. 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.

This was in a Muslim area and was perhaps chosen by Harborne, who was known to the Ottomans as ‘the Lutheran ambassador’, because it placed him at a discreet distance from the embassies of the Catholic states—also his commercial rivals—which were up the hill in Pera. 7 Pera was long to remain the favoured spot for all the foreign missions. Here, according to Fynes 3 In 1750, according to official Ottoman records, the British Embassy had a staff of 55, although this would have consisted largely of domestic and personal staff, Mansel, Constantinople, p.

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