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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Copyright The Columbia University Press. A fantastic travelogue by Armin Vambery. Together with his band of travelers, he then crossed Bokhara and arrived at Samarkand.

He arrived in Khiva, via Shiraz, in where he managed to keep up appearances during an interview arminjus the Khan.

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Pozsonywhere he remained three years. SaamiSamoyed etc. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Square Imperial 16mo, cloth extra, 6s. His writing provides one of the last glimpses of the Central Asian khanates as they stood on the eve of their Russification.

Ibrahim Boutari marked it as to-read Nov 03, About this time he was elected a corresponding member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in recognition of his translations of Ottoman historians. Identities in Conflict,” in: While in Constantinople he earned the esteem of Sultan Abdul-Hamid ii. Chad marked it as to-read Apr 15, In other projects Wikimedia Commons. It’s a ruthless world too. 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.

With the help of few letters of recommendation and a stamp from the Ottoman Sultan, he traversed Iran.

A staunch protagonist of British dominance in the East he placed his vast 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, armihius becoming a personal friend of the prince of Wales, later Edward vii. Especially in Britain, where he was highly welcome, chiefly because of the intelligence he could provide about the Russian influence in the lands he visited.


He went to London to arrange the English language publication of his book about the travels. Pretending vmabery be a dervish, and as a master in Turkish and several other languages Vambery gets an exclusive and authentic tour – that no other European cultured man could’ve hoped for – into this secluded part of the world.

In Turkey, Hungarian and Turkish are still considered as two branches of the same language family, the Ural—Altaic.

Cite this article Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography. Trivia About Arminius Vambery Perceived formal and functional equivalence: The intriguing problem of Turkic-Hungarian language relations [12] [13] [14] is far from settled even after centuries of research. He was raised Jewish, but later became an atheist.

Miriam marked cambery as to-read Dec 31, The journey would have been extremely dangerous as well as arduous: However, from Iran onwards he had to rely on his on ability, vmbery and language skills to go unnoticed and unmolested.

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Rebecca Ribnick marked it as to-read Oct 07, Emma marked it as to-read Jun 22, Herzl, Complete Diariesed. He attended the local school until the age of 12 and showed a vabmery aptitude for learning languages.

Said to have been the first European to make such a journey, the account of his exploits, Travels and Armlnius in Central Asiaaroused great interest throughout Europe. Anyone with an interest in travelling writing. To maintain his disguise he could not openly record his experiences, and scribbled in lead pencil on arminiius scraps of paper which he secreted in the wadding of his beggar’s dress for months on end. Ravshan marked it as to-read Oct 28, Taking the name Resht Effendi, he disguised himself as a Muslim dervish and set out for Central Asia, travelling with a band of other dervishes.


Mick Scheinin rated it really liked it Feb 05, Mike Cooper added it Mar 05, Despite being raised Jewish, he later on became an atheist. The Story of My Struggles: The era of camel caravans. Rachel Irwin marked it as to-read Mar 27, That following June, he paid a visit to London, where he was treated as a celebrity because of his daring adventures and knowledge of languages.

The book is highly readable, the narrative being clear and concise. After a long and perilous journey he arrived back at Pest in May The central Asian kingdoms were still independent at the time of Vambery’s visit A fantastic travelogue by Armin Vambery. As many other books of this period, when you read it you can sense this journey belongs to what was an end of an era. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Retrieved December 31, from Encyclopedia. A personal account of his travels to the Ottoman empire, Persia, Khanate of Khiva, Emirate of Bukhara and Afghanistan in the ss.

This theory was opposed by followers of the Finno-Ugric theory of the origins of Hungarian, who gradually triumphed in Hungary but not in Turkey. When a person with a arminiuz for adventure, real adventure, could pursue it.

Furthermore, he enthusiastically advocated the theory of a close Turkish-Hungarian linguistic relationship, provoking a harsh scientific and political debate in Hungary.