Mustapha Reschid Pasha - Bryanston Square, London, UK
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N 51° 31.006 W 000° 09.607
30U E 697033 N 5711117
Quick Description: This blue plaque, erected by the Greater London Council to Mustapha Reschid Pasha, is attached to a building on the north east side of Bryanston Square close to the junction with George Street.
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 6/23/2014 11:55:04 PM
Waymark Code: WMKZWW
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member bill&ben
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Long Description:

The plaque is inscribed:

Greater London Council

Mustapha
Reschid
Pasha
1800 - 1858
Turkish statesman
and reformer
lived here
as Ambassador
in 1839

The Encyclopaedia Britannica website tells us about Pasha:

Mustafa Resid Pasa, also spelled Mustafa Reshid Pasha    (born March 13, 1800, Constantinople, Ottoman Empire [now Istanbul, Tur.]—died Dec. 17, 1858), Ottoman statesman and diplomat who was grand vizier (chief minister) on six occasions. He took a leading part in initiating, drafting, and promulgating the first of the reform edicts known as the Tanzimat (“Reorganization”).

A protégé first of his uncle Ispartali Ali Pasa and later of the statesman Pertev Effendi, Resid entered government service at an early age and thereafter rose rapidly in the service of the Turkish government, becoming ambassador to France in 1834. During his stay in western Europe he studied the French language and Western civilization and developed friendly relations with French and British statesmen. He supported the westernizing reforms of the Sultan Mahmud II, who appointed him his foreign minister.

Mahmud’s successor, Sultan Abdülmecid I, was determined to continue his father’s programs and entrusted Resid with the preparation of new reform measures. Elaborated in the form of a rescript, or decree (hatt-i serif ), this program was proclaimed on Nov. 3, 1839, and guaranteed to Ottoman subjects equality and security of life and property, without distinction of race and religion. Although not all of these provisions were carried out, Resid became the symbol of westernizing reforms. Between 1839 and 1858 he was twice appointed minister of foreign affairs and served six times as grand vizier.

Resid’s reforms included the abolition of the slave trade, the introduction of new codes of commercial and criminal law, and the reform of administrative regulations to end nepotism and traffic in favours and appointments. A supporter of France and Britain in his foreign policy, he was grand vizier at the outbreak of the Crimean War (1853–56).

 

Blue Plaque managing agency: Greater London Council

Individual Recognized: Mustapha Reschid Pasha

Physical Address:
1 Bryanston Square
London, United Kingdom


Web Address: [Web Link]

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