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  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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Hungarian historian and world traveler who may have communicated to author Bram Stoker the facts and legends concerning the real Prince Dracula Vlad Vwho supplied the inspiration for Stoker’s famous occult thriller.
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Retrieved December 31, from Encyclopedia. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list. Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia. In Constantinople —63 he learned several languages and dialects of Asia Minor and then traveled through Armenia and Persia vambwry the dress of a native.
He was a professor of Oriental languages at the Vammbery.
Possessed of an extraordinary capacity for languages vamberg a phenomenal memory, he mastered numerous European languages and then turned to Arabic, Turkish, and Persian, achieving magisterial fluency and control in these.
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. He became a Muslim and entered the service of the Turkish government as secretary to Mehmet Fuad Pasha, five times foreign minister of Turkey.
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While in Aeminius he earned the esteem of Sultan Abdul-Hamid ii. During arminis six years in Constantinople, he published a Turkish-German dictionary and other linguistic works, acquired a variety of Oriental languages and dialects, and traveled extensively.
Said to have been the first European to make such a journey, the account of his exploits, Travels and Adventures in Central Asiaaroused great interest throughout Europe. 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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After his return from the long trek in the spring ofhe visited London arminiua he was lionized for his triumph as an intrepid adventurer and his impressive polyglot achievement. Then after a stop in Paris, Vambery, who had apparently become a Protestant, accepted an invitation from the University of Budapest to teach Oriental languages and in this capacity he served until Among his students were I.
He produced a whole range of works on Oriental languages and ethnology and in addition, essays vakbery political questions and popular accounts of his travels, one of which was a favorite boys’ book. His books were translated into many languages but his autobiography, Arminius VamberyVamvery Life and Adventuresand his memoirs, The Story of My Struggleswere written in English.
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One of his scholarly contributions to Turkology was the discovery of the relation of Turkish and Magyar. He also contributed to the ethnology of Central Asia and India.
A staunch protagonist of British dominance in the East he placed his vvambery knowledge of Central Asia at the disposal of Great Britainserving as her adviser on Indian and Asiatic policy, executing various diplomatic missions in the Near East, and becoming a personal friend of the prince of Wales, later Edward vii. His preoccupation with the “Eastern question” is documented in various political essays, e. Herzl, Complete Diariesed.
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