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14 July 2008

2526) Armenians, Jews, And Maronites Were Favoured By The Ottomans, Anthopoulos Costaki, 1835-1902

Anthopoulos Costaki | 1835-1902
Armenians, Jews, and Maronites were favoured by the Ottomans to the detriment of Greeks in officialdom. In fact, Greek intellectuals had been slowly suffering from a brain drain, though in special professional branches of the army, officers and sailors of Greek origin were employed. At Easter, the navy had to anchor in certain ports because of their Greek crew. Therefore, in the naval academy (Mekteb-i Bahriye-yi Şahane) Greek was taught to all of the students. In 1858, a certain Kostaki Bey was appointed to the academy as an instructor of Greek.
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Anthopoulos Costaki | Kostaki Antopulo Paşa(Greek: Κωστάκης Ανθόπουλος) (1835–1902) was a Ottoman pasha of Greek origin. He became a professor at the Ottoman naval college; then entered the legal branch of the Turkish service, rising to the post of imperial procurator at the court of cassation. He was governor-general of Crete; and, in 1895, was appointed the 24th Ottoman ambassador in London [1] 1895 - 1902, a post which he continued to hold until his death at İstanbul.

He bore throughout his career the reputation of an intelligent and upright public servant.

[1] Britain is one of the first countries with which the Ottoman Empire established regular diplomatic relations. In 1579, Queen Elizabeth I and Sultan Murat III exchanged letters on how the English merchants could benefit from the capitulations granted by the Ottoman Empire. William Harborne, English businessman who was accepted in Istanbul by the Sultan to present Her Excellency’s gifts, was the first envoy of England to the Ottoman Empire. He assumed his duties as the resident ambassador in Istanbul in 1583.

The Ottoman Empire appointed its first resident envoys to Europe at the end of the 18th century with a view to following the developments in Europe. The first of these ambassadors, Yusuf Agâh Efendi, was posted in London in 1793. There has been a Turkish diplomatic mission in London since then. However, diplomatic relations between the Ottoman Empire and England was suspended in 1914 following the break out of the World War I. After the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey in October 1923, diplomatic relations were established on September 2, 1924.

Source: Mavi Boncuk.

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