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A treaty of narratives: Friendship, gifts, and diplomatic history in the British Capitulations of 1641

A treaty of narratives: Friendship, gifts, and diplomatic history in the British Capitulations of 1641

Talbot, Michael ORCID: 0000-0001-7198-1422 (2016) A treaty of narratives: Friendship, gifts, and diplomatic history in the British Capitulations of 1641. The Journal of Ottoman Studies (Osmanli Arastirmalari), 48. pp. 357-398. ISSN 0255-0636

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Abstract

This article examines the hitherto unexamined Ottoman Turkish text of the Capitulations granted to the British in 1641. As well as containing the articles governing Ottoman-British trade and diplomatic jurisdiction, the Capitulations contained a historical narrative that provided a formal record of diplomatic encounters and practices. By emphasising the importance of bringing tributary gifts and royal letters as a precondition for receiving the friendship of the sultans, the inclusion of the historical narrative within the treaty text presented an Ottoman worldview that saw the sultan at the top of a hierarchy of monarchical power, but also created a layered narrative of precedent that strengthened the rhetoric of alliance through an ancient friendship. In examining the text of the Ottoman Turkish and English versions of this treaty, including full translations of the historical narratives in an appendix, this article makes the case for viewing the Ottoman Capitulations not just as historical treaties, but as historical texts.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ottoman-British relations; Diplomatic history; Treaties; Historiography
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CD Diplomatics. Archives. Seals
D History General and Old World > DS Asia
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities
Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities > Department of History, Politics & Social Sciences
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2018 10:29
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: GREAT a
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/16110

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