Book Reviews / JESHO 52 (2009) 331-361 335 Ina BAGHDIANTZ MCCABE. Orientalism in Early Modern France: Eurasian Trade, Exoticism, and the Ancien Régime . Oxford [etc.]: Berg, 2008. vi + 409 pp., ill., hardbound. ISBN: 978-1-84520-374-0 From the sixteenth century onward, the commercial expansion of France toward the Levant and its diplomatic contacts with the Ottoman Empire resulted in the import of new ideas, products, and goods as well as art, literature, food, furniture, and clothes. Th ese developments did not only change the culture of the elites at the court but also that of the less well-oﬀ social groups. Orientalism in Early Modern France explores the way in which these oriental commodities were imported into France, how they were accommodated to the taste of new consumers, and how the con- sumption of some of these goods, like coﬀ ee, eventually became a national habit. For her study, Baghdiantz McCabe has chosen to focus on those Eastern countries which were once part of the Ottoman Empire. Th e period analyzed in the book is delimited, on the one hand, by the appoint- ment in 1538 of Guillaume Postel to a chair of Langues orientales (except Hebrew) at the
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