By Fatma Muge Gocek

In 1720, an Ottoman ambassador used to be despatched to the courtroom of the kid King Louis XV to monitor Western civilization and record on what he observed and the way it can be utilized within the Ottoman Empire. according to the money owed of this ambassador, East Encounters West reviews the effect of the West at the Ottoman empire and the effect of this Ottoman embassy at the societies. In France, the presence of the embassy yielded just a short style of Turquerie, while within the Ottoman empire, it yielded the 1st professional printing press, signalling a massive step towards Western sort. Göçek the following assesses the explanations in the back of those differential affects via 3 elements: the Western technological advances, consequent advertisement enlargement, and different reactions of varied social teams within the Ottoman empire to those advancements. Her research finds a far-reaching and complicated Westernization strategy that permeated Turkish society because it used to be authorized and imported by means of dignitaries and at last handed onto general families. Sketching the method of Westernization from the viewpoint of Easterners, this exact publication throws new gentle at the cultural ameliorations among those significant civilizations and at the nature of cultural transmission and diffusion.

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50 The Persian ambassador helped maintain the negative image of the Muslims with his insolence. His frequent use of opium made him extremely temperamental. He refused to ride in the King's carriage, and showed no interest in sightseeing in Paris. 51 When The Cultural Interaction 31 the Ottoman embassy set out, the French were apprehensive because of this negative experience. "52 Still, the French prepared very carefully. 53 The French used these details in drawing the principal lines of Mehmed Efendi's reception.

Entertainment One feature of European society that constantly startled the Ottomans was the participation of women in social life. Public deference shown to women in this participation was especially noted.

He then held the King and turned him around. "He [the King] is only eleven years and four months old. Is he not well-proportioned with this stature? " We stroked and caressed those curly locks. . Then he (Villeroi) said, "His gait is also graceful. " 42 INTERACTION BETWEEN TWO SOCIETIES THROUGH AN EMBASSY The King walked to the center of the hall like a dog and came back. " The King jogged to the center of the hall and came back. The Marshal (Villeroi) asked if we liked it [the performance].

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