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11 Nineteenth-Century Ottoman Americana

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The Ottomans were intrigued by the American continent. The early history of this interest has been studied quite thoroughly thanks to the research of Thomas D. Goodrich. However this hardly applies to Ottoman Americana of the nineteenth century. This chapter focuses mainly on the major monographs, about which available information is extremely scarce. Since most of them are indeed translations or adaptations from works in Western languages, they are particularly important within the context of the early translation activity in the 19th century. The following works represent a novelty. Both of them are translations of a comprehensive "classical" work, the History of America by the Scottish historian William Robertson. It is perhaps not surprising that one of the Ottoman versions of Robertson's History of America was published in Egypt given that its author was well-known among the literary community there.

Keywords: Egypt; History of America; nineteenth century; Ottoman Americana; Western languages; William Robertson



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