During the latter part of the nineteenth century, Ramsay saturated himself in the Turkish culture for a period of twelve years. Impressions of Turkey During Twelve Years' Wanderings gives a glimpse into the people and place of Turkey from one who was more than a passer-by of the country. "When you have had a wide enough experience," states Ramsay, "you can strike an average among your facts; but even then you can no longer feel that delightful confidence which sweeps you on from fact to fact and carries the reader with you." He found that his first impressions of the country, cultivated over months, produced obvious-seeming ideas of who the Turks were and how to "fix" any problems that their culture produced. However, when months turned into years, he came to the realization that life is never that simple. A unique and engaging look at turn-of-the-century Turkey.
- Title: Impressions of Turkey During Twelve Years' Wanderings
- Author: William Mitchell Ramsay
- Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
- Publication Date: 1897
- Pages: 317
About William Mitchell Ramsay
William Mitchell Ramsay (1851–1939) was born in Glasgow, Scotland. His education took place at Oxford, the University of Aberdeen, and Gottingen, and he later went on to become Professor of Humanity at University of Aberdeen, as well as the first ever Professor of Classical Archaeology at Oxford. Perhaps most well-known for his archaeological endeavors, he traveled extensively throughout Asia Minor, studying the missionary journeys of Paul and conducting archaeological research, writing numerous books on the findings and adventures of his studies, including St. Paul the Traveller and Roman Citizen. His original intent in his studies was to disprove Christianity through archaeology, but through his research he realized that the Bible was accurate and converted to Christianity.