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French Revolutionaries in the Ottoman Empire


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Introduction: Diplomats and expatriates in the Ottoman Empire during the French Revolution Part I Franco-Ottoman relations during the Revolution 1: The end of the French diplomatic ancien regime 2: Negotiating for a besieged Republic: Franco-Ottoman diplomacy in 1793 3: Negotiating for a victorious Republic: Franco-Ottoman diplomacy 1794-1798 Part II From Paris to Istanbul: French revolutionary foreign policy and diplomatic practice 4: Neglect or refusal? The revolutionary government's attitude towards Franco-Ottoman negotiations during the Terror 5: Between innovation and continuity: French revolutionary political culture and diplomatic practice 6: Self-containment or world revolution? The purpose of French revolutionary propaganda Part III Regime change in the French communities of the Levant, 1792-1795 7: Forgotten by liberty? Regime change and the challenges to consular authority in the Levant 8: On silent feet: Stabilizing the regime change in the French communities 9: Turning expatriates into citizens: The emergence of a new political culture in the French communities of the Levant Conclusion: The French Revolution on silent feet

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Pascal Firges is a research fellow at the German Historical Institute in Paris. Having studied History and Philosophy in Heidelberg, Paris, and Cambridge, he holds a PhD in history from Heidelberg University. He is the author of Grossbritannien und das Osmanische Reich Ende des 18. Jahrhunderts (2009) and the co-editor of Well-Connected Domains: Towards an Entangled Ottoman History (2014). His recent areas of research include the French Revolution, the cultural history of diplomacy, entangled histories of early modern Europe and the world around it, cultural and gender history, and the social structures of early modern court societies.


Out of several well-trodden subjects-the French Revolution, diplomatic history, and the beginnings of decline in the Ottoman Empire-Pascal Firges has produced something exciting and fresh...French Revolutionaries in the Ottoman Empire offers a valuable contribution to the fields of both Ottoman and French history...More and more excellent studies are demonstrating in myriad ways the many and complex ways European and Ottoman history has always been intertwined. This book contributes admirably to that larger goal. * Julia Landweber, Montclair State University, H-France Review *
Firges's study dispels conspiratorial myths about secret funds and subterfuge on the part of revolutionary diplomats in Istanbul-myths that originated with misleading reports by Prussian and British agents. The book also nuances past accounts of revolutionary foreign policy by offering a case study that emphasizes continuity over rupture with the past. ... the importance of Firges's book reaches beyond the ?eld of diplomatic history. His work will be of interest to historians of France's overseas slave colonies during the revolutionary era. * Miranda Spieler, Journal of Modern History *
Pascal Firges has succeeded in producing a solidly researched, well-written study based on records from Kew, Nantes, Paris, and Vienna. * Malte Fuhrmann, Historische Zeitschrift *
Pascal Firges' French Revolutionaries in the Ottoman Empire is very valuable, because it emphasizes a less studied aspect of the French Revolution, its effect on the Levant. * Huseyin S. Tabakoglu, French History *
this is a fine study with fascinating details . . . * Virginia Aksan, International Journal of Middle East Studies *
Pascal Firges's book is highly recommendable and a fortunate contribution to the renewal of the history of international relations during the Revolution. [Translated from French] * Marc Belissa, Annales historiques de la Revolution francaise *

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