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French Revolutionaries in the Ottoman EmpireDiplomacy, Political Culture, and the Limiting of Universal Revolution, 1792-1798$
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Pascal Firges

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198759966

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198759966.001.0001

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Negotiating for a Besieged Republic

Negotiating for a Besieged Republic

Franco-Ottoman Diplomacy in 1793

(p.44) 2 Negotiating for a Besieged Republic
French Revolutionaries in the Ottoman Empire

Pascal Firges

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the persistent French diplomatic efforts to negotiate a Franco-Ottoman alliance. These efforts were one of the most consistent foreign policy doctrines of revolutionary France. The first topic of this chapter is how the changes in the strategic aims of French foreign policy took shape during the Revolution. It therefore gives a concise overview of French foreign policy strategies during the old regime. Next, the Ottoman perspective on the French overtures is considered, with an account of the course of Franco-Ottoman negotiations in 1793. Despite a positive bias towards the French, Ottoman policymakers considered France to be too weak and chose to stay neutral and to defer the conclusion of an alliance. The chapter ends with an examination of the obstacles which hampered the accomplishment of the first republican envoy’s diplomatic mission.

Keywords:   French Revolutionary Wars, the First Coalition, Franco-Ottoman diplomacy, French foreign policy, Ottoman foreign policy, Seven Years War, Renversement des alliances

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