Aristotle To Enlightenment

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How the idea developed from Aristotle to Enlightenment provides us with deeper insight into the European thinking. Early modern Venetian records, made by permanent ambassadors in Constantinople of the Ottomans, played an important role in shaping the idea of Oriental despotism, as Lucette Valensi argues. These texts were ‘reliable indicators of change both in the political discourse of that part of Europe and in the perceptions of the Ottoman state between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries,’ because they were heavily detailed and accurate, containing information on the Ottoman army, navy, government and state, as well as manpower and resources. Although the ambassadors were not in favour of the Ottomans, there was a clear indication
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