One of the secret service’s first foreign agents – before MI6 was established – was Arminius Vambery, professor of oriental languages at the. Vambéry, Arminius () Hungarian historian and world traveler who may have communicated to author Bram Stoker [1] the facts and legends. The Project Gutenberg EBook of Árminius Vambéry, his life and adventures, by Árminius Vambéry This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and.

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After a long and perilous journey he arrived back at Pest in May Inthe Foreign Office expressed concern about the sultan’s “manoeuvres for the encouragement of Musselman [Muslim] agitation in India and Afghanistan”. He returned to Europe in and published the account of his journey Travels in Central Asiawhich catapulted him to international fame.

He provided information arminijs the weakening Ottoman empire and its relations with the Austro-Hungarian empire and Russia at the time of what Keith Hamilton, a Foreign Office historian, yesterday called a “new round in the Great Game, the Anglo-Russian struggle for power in Asia”. Mark rated it really liked it Mar 10, It’s an unbelievable journey.

In both aspects it deserves to be spoken of as a work of great interest and of considerable merit.

He produced a zrminius range of works on Oriental languages and ethnology and in addition, essays on political questions and popular accounts of his travels, one of which was a favorite boys’ book. Dada marked it as to-read Nov 08, Aug 23, Christian rated it it was amazing. Papers show that his main supporter in London was Sir Vincent Caillard, a member of the Vickers board.


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Cite this article Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography. Pozsonywhere he remained three years. The central Asian kingdoms were still independent at the time of Vambery’s visit A fantastic travelogue by Armin Vambery. In his early twenties, fired by the dream of exploring the putative homeland of the Magyars in Asia, he moved to Constantinople where he lived as a tutor of European languages and executed translations from Turkish history.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. He was forced to walk with crutches because of a congenital disorder and eventually had to leave school due to difficult arninius circumstances. Possessed of an extraordinary capacity for languages and a phenomenal memory, he mastered numerous European languages and then turned to Arabic, Turkish, and Persian, achieving magisterial fluency and control in these.

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By the age of sixteen, he had a good knowledge of Latin, French, and German. Newer Post Older Post Home. He also contributed to the ethnology of Central Asia and India.

There he made his living by teaching languages and reciting Turkish and Persian poetry in coffee vambefy. Chris marked it as to-read Jan 18, The journey would have been extremely dangerous as well as arduous: His putative usefulness for the British was that he had the ear of the sultan of Turkey, “your friend in Constantinople”, as his controller in London described him.


Warwick marked it as to-read Oct 24, Gill Bennett, the Foreign Office chief historian, described him yesterday as “a sort of near eastern pimp”.

Born into a poor Jewish family, he revealed an astonishing aptitude for languages and, at 20, moved to Constantinople. The book is highly readable, the narrative being clear and concise. When Herzl met him on 16 June he was seventy years old, not clear about his own identity, whether a Turk or an Englishman, but his study of religions had made him an atheist. Together with his band of travelers, he then crossed Bokhara and arrived at Samarkand.

Masoud marked it as to-read Nov 09, In Constantinople —63 he learned several languages and dialects of Asia Minor and then traveled through Armenia and Persia in the dress of a native. This was the case especially in England appearing as it did at a time of acute tension between Russia and England for the mastery of Central Asia.

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You expect that from something written in the mids. I found it to be quite entertaining. During his stay in Turkey, he became tutor of many people to make a living.