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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 science, economy and politics, and against absolutist 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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Book Details

ISBN: 9781845203740
ISBN-10: 1845203747
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 23mm)
Pages: 416
Imprint: Berg Publishers
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Jun-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Ina Baghdiantz-McCabe

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

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