Orientalism in Early Modern France: Eurasian Trade, Exoticism and the Ancien Regime

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Berg, Jul 15, 2008 - History - 409 pages
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Francis I's ties with the Ottoman Empire marked the birth of court-sponsored Orientalism in France. Under Louis XIV, French society was transformed by cross-cultural contacts with the Ottomans, India, Persia, China, Siam and the Americas. The consumption of silk, cotton cloth, spices, coffee, tea, china, gems, flowers and other luxury goods transformed daily life and gave rise to a new discourse about the 'Orient' which in turn shaped ideas about economy and politics, specifically absolutism and the monarchy.

An original account of the ancient regime, this book highlights France's use of the exotic and analyzes French discourse about Islam and the 'Orient'.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Part I One Nation One World under French Rule
13
1 The First Orientalist Guillaume Postel
14
2 The Ambassadors
37
3 France in the World
69
4 Orientalism As Science
101
5 The Turks and the Other Within
137
Part II Consuming the Exotic
161
8 Domesticating the Exotic
205
9 The Politics of Pleasure
231
10 Orientalism Despotism and Luxury
257
Epilogue
291
Notes
299
Selected Primary Sources
361
Selected Secondary Sources
381
Index
399

6 Coffee and Orientalism in France
163
7 A Barbarous Taste
183

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Ina Baghdiantz McCabe is Darakjian Jafarian Professor of History,Tufts University.

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