American Travelers on the Nile: Early U.S. Visitors to Egypt, 1774-1839

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Oxford University Press, 2014 - 412 pagina's
The Treaty of Ghent signed in 1814, ending the War of 1812, allowed Americans once again to travel abroad. Medical students went to Paris, artists to Rome, academics to Göttingen, and tourists to all European capitals. More intrepid Americans ventured to Athens, to Constantinople, and even to Egypt. Beginning with two eighteenth-century travelers, this book then turns to the 25-year period after 1815 that saw young men from East Coast cities, among them graduates of Harvard, Yale, and Columbia, traveling to the lands of the Bible and of the Greek and Latin authors they had first known as teenagers. Naval officers off ships of the Mediterranean squadron visited Cairo to see the pyramids. Two groups went on business, one importing steam-powered rice and cotton mills from New York, the other exporting giraffes from the Kalahari Desert for wild animal shows in New York. Drawing on unpublished letters and diaries together with previously neglected newspaper accounts, as well as a handful of published accounts, this book offers a new look at the early American experience in Egypt and the eastern Mediterranean world. More than thirty illustrations complement the stories told by the travelers themselves.
 

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Inhoudsopgave

Introduction
1
1 Americans in eighteenthcentury Egypt
5
2 Napoleon and the French Savants in Egypt
29
3 Mehmet Aliand his new Egypt
37
4 The American Navy and Trade in the Mediterranean
45
5 The European Presence in Egypt from 1815 to 1825
61
6 Americans Return to Egypt
69
7 American Missionaries on Tour
91
12 Traveling in Egypt
195
13 John L Stephens and Fellow Tourists of the Mid1830s
209
14 Steamship Travel
229
15 Professional Visitors
235
16 Mills Giraffes and Skullsand Even the Telegraph
249
17 Shall We Meet in Egypt?
267
18 Philip Rhinelander and His Friends
285
19 After 1839
305

Illustrations
106
8 The Eastern Question
107
9 The Lure of Egypt
119
Egyptian Curios and Civilian Passengers
143
1833 to 1835
167
Illustration credits
315
Notes
319
INDEX
385
Copyright

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Over de auteur (2014)


Andrew Oliver is a retired art historian and museum administrator living in Washington, DC. With degrees from Harvard College and the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, he was director of the Museum Program at the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency in Washington, from 1982 to 1994. Earlier in his career, from 1960 to 1970, he was a curator in the Greek and Roman Department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and for many decades he has written and lectured on the decorative arts of the ancient world. He has traveled widely in the Mediterranean, sometimes as a lecturer for academic cruises, and has made a special study of the published accounts of European and American visitors in lands of the Ottoman Empire. Mr. Oliver is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.

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