Ten Years' Residence at the Court of Tripoli

Ten Years' Residence at the Court of Tripoli : Letters Written During a Ten Years' Residence at the Court of Tripoli

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The literature of the Barbary Regencies is scarce and diffuse, and its principal sources still lie buried in teh consular archives of Britain, France, Holland, and Italy, and among the surviving records of the Sublime Porte. The French, it is true, with their special interests in Tunis and Algiers, and the Italians in Tripoli, have produced a sizeable body of research material, but it is usually specialist in approach and, alas, not infrequently coloured by prejudice or colonial propaganda. In English we have little but the fugitive accounts of travellers such as Lyon, Blaquiere, and Beechey; the stories of Christian Slaves like Lucas and Pananti; and we have this book. In the sixteenth century the Regency in the hands of the Knights of St John finally fell to the Turkish Pirate Captain, Dragut, and was annexed to the Ottoman empire. Ottoman troops occupied the province and Ottoman rules of government were imposed, a regular tribute being paid to the Sublime Porte. for nearly two centuries the province lay under direct Turkish rule, governed by a Turkish Dey appointed by the Grand Signior and supported and administered by Turkish officials and a body of Janisseries, or European Moslem soldiers.
But history here followed a familiar pattern. With the passage of time the ties with far off Constantinople became gradually looser, as a series of weak Sultans, with policies of 'laisser faire' succeed one another. Contacts became rare and confined to superficial courtesies, visits of Turkish inspectors dwindled; tribute shrank and then practically ceased. Meanwhile a new rising power was making itself felt. The Turkish trained Janisseries had intermarried with Arab and Berber women and created a new factor, the Cologhli, or Turkish soldier of mixed blood, who, not only succeeded in occupying posts of importance in the administration but had a natural sympathy and support from the indigent population. The Dey endeavoured to keep down the growing power of the Cologhlis by the importation of more Janisseries and a policy of intrigue, but in 1711 one of the leading Cologhlis, Ali Karamanli, whose family had come to Tripoli with Dragut, had risen, supported by the other Cologhlis and a section of the population, deposed the Dey, slaughtered the Janisseries in the manner described by Miss Tully, and seized power.
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  • Hardback | 381 pages
  • 145 x 210mm
  • United Kingdom
  • Facsimile
  • Facsimile edition
  • 1850779279
  • 9781850779278