The City of the Sultan and Domestic Manners of the Turks, in 1836 Volume 1

The City of the Sultan and Domestic Manners of the Turks, in 1836 Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1838 edition. Excerpt: ... human nature which was there flung back; and, far from sharing in the astonishment of those who almost deem it a miracle that the whole nation has not been swept away, I rather marvel at the state of moral and political thraldom in which they exist. The tolerated citizens of an Empire whose interests, both civil and religious, differ so widely from their own, the Fanariote Greeks nourish in their heart's core a hatred of their masters as intense as it is enduring, and serve them rather from fear than zeal. Every Greek is an intuitive diplomatist; nature has endowed him with a keen and subtle spirit--a power to see deeply, and to act promptly--and as their motto is palpable to all who have studied their character--temp0ra mutantur, et nos mutamur 150 GREEK SUBTLETY. in illis--they are any 'thing but safe counsellors or firm friends. Each is to be had at a price: and, as several of the most talented among them are in the confidence of the leading members of the Turkish government, it were idle to expatiate on the pernicious consequences of their influence. There are so many spies in the camp--so many breaches in the fortress--and, with the helm of aifairs, although not actually in their grasp, at least sufficiently within their reach to enable them occasionally to make the vessel of state policy swerve towards the course whither they would fain direct it, they are no contemptible allies to any foreign power that may need their services. The Turk probably possesses the soundest judgment, but the Greek is more subtle and quick-witted, and dazzles even where he may fail to convince.. Under these circumstances, partially trusted by the Turks, and enriched and employed by other nations--gifted with subtlety, energy of character, and...show more

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  • Paperback | 78 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236973275
  • 9781236973276