Faith, freedom, and flag : the influence of American missionaries in Turkey on foreign affairs, 1830-1880
Shelton, Elizabeth W.
Thesis (D.L.S.)--Georgetown University, 2011.; Includes bibliographical references.; Text (Electronic thesis) in PDF format. From the early days of the American Republic, Protestant Christianity and the American values which derived from it have had a heavy influence on U.S. foreign affairs. The initial 19th century missionaries to Anatolia in the Ottoman Empire were highly-educated men steeped in Calvinistic and American values. In the period 1830-1880, when American official representation was slight and generally confined to Constantinople, information about activities in Anatolia came largely from the missionaries who were scattered across the region, living in towns and regularly visiting scores of villages in their mission areas. Their reports, letters, articles, lectures, and books profoundly shaped the views of policy makers and have influenced policies and opinions to this day.
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