This website offers access to the diplomatic reports of Ottoman envoys in Belgium (1849–1914). They are made available here for the first time in high-quality photographic reproduction, together with key information on every dispatch (author, recipient, date, summary).
The project has two objectives: to stimulate new research into Ottoman diplomacy, and to encourage revisionist histories of Belgium that engage with Ottoman sources.
Ottoman Diplomats is a digitisation project initiated by Power in History: Centre for Political History at the University of Antwerp (UA). This project grew out of a research seminar entitled A Glance at the ’West’? Ottoman Diplomats to Belgium (1849–1914), and builds on the students’ collective work. Financial aid was provided by the University of Antwerp and the FWO Research Foundation – Flanders.