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Great Events in the Levant

William St. Clair

in Lord Elgin and the Marbles

Third edition

Published in print June 1998 | ISBN: 9780192880536
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670596 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192880536.003.0002
Great Events in the Levant

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The instructions that Lord Elgin passed for his embassy were either too limited or too extensive to determine the exact intentions of the government. Some of the general tasks of his embassy included maintaining the privileges of the British, monitoring the King's interests, promoting trade, protecting the Christians, and other such generalities. Elgin was also able to provide certain specific objectives such as getting the Turks to allow British trade in the Black Sea, acquiring permission to proceed with cutting timber in Turkey, and to formalize a British postal area at Suez. However, the embassy's fundamental cause was not identified. This chapter attempts to examine the events that could be associated with how the French were being expelled from the eastern Mediterranean and from Egypt, as well as maintainin ties with the Ottoman Empire.

Keywords: government; embassy; Turks; French; Egypt; Ottoman Empire

Chapter.  3248 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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