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Arminius Vambéry and the British Empire: Between East and by David Mandler

By David Mandler

This ebook frames the interesting existence and influential works of the Hungarian Orientalist, Arminius Vambéry (1832–1913) in the context of 19th century identification politics and modern criticisms of Orientalism. in accordance with huge examine, the e-book authoritatively provides a complete narrative of Arminius Vambéry’s a number of identities as represented in Hungary and in nice Britain. the writer strains Vambéry’s improvement from a marginalized Jewish baby to a famous authority on Hungarian ethnogenesis in addition to on primary Asian and Turkish geopolitical advancements. during the booklet, the reader meets Vambéry because the Hungarian tourist to relevant Asia, the British and Ottoman undercover agent, the generally self-taught professor of Oriental languages, the political pundit, and the hugely wanted visitor lecturer in nice Britain identified for his fierce Russophobe pronouncements. the writer devotes unique consciousness to the interval that reworked Vambéry from a linguistically gifted yet penniless Hungarian Jewish adolescence right into a pioneering traveller within the double-disguise of a Turkish effendi masquerading as a dervish to relevant Asia in 1863–64. He does so simply because Vambéry’s released observations of an area nonetheless closed to Europeans facilitated his emergence as a colourful character and an important authority on valuable Asia and Turkey in nice Britain for the subsequent fifty years. furthermore, the ebook additionally devotes major area to Vambéry’s dynamic courting to his most renowned scholar, Ignác Goldziher (1850–1921), who's thought of to be one of many founders of recent Islamic reports. finally, Vambéry’s influence on Bram Stoker, the writer of Dracula, can be explored.

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