The Fortnightly Volume 80; V. 86

The Fortnightly Volume 80; V. 86

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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. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ...August 2nd. % The Editor of this Review does not undertake to return any manuscripts; nor in any case can he do so unless cither stamps or a stamped envelope be sent to cover the cost of postage. It is advisable that articles sent to the Editor should be typewritten. The sending of a proof is no guarantee of the acceptance of an article. THE FORTNIGHTLY REVIEW. No. CCCCLXXVIII. New Series, October 1, 1906. THE PROBLEM OF THE NEAR EAST. I. SULTAN ABD-UL-HAMID. A Character Sketch. It is almost impossible for European Christians to write an impartial and true history of the Turkish Empire. All the attempts of German. French, and English historians have been more or less failures. The most famous of them, Hammer von Purgstal, wrote ten thick volumes, and collected an astounding mass of facts. He read and spoke Turkish, and knew the Turkish literature better than any other European. But with all his sympathies for the unmistakable greatness of the Turkish nation, he looked on the events of Turkish history with the eyes of a European, could not enter into the soul of the Turk, and did not understand it. I do not hesitate to affirm that as yet no European literature has a really good history of the Turkish nation. Nor can any European (perhaps excepting Mr. Vamb6ry) pretend to be able to give a thoroughly trustworthy, impartial, comprehensive and true character sketch of Sultan Abd-ul-Hamid. He is a somewhat complicated psychological problem. I am not surprised that he is not properly understood, and that he is, therefore, generally misjudged in Europe. Nor am I so conceited as to imagine that I shall be able to give an all-round perfect sketch of the Sultan. I have not been long enough in Constantinople to make a thorough psychological study of...show more

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  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 26mm | 903g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236907531
  • 9781236907530