Charles Dickens, a British writer of the 19th century, also contributed to the spread of Turkophobia. In his ‘A Word in Season’ poem that he wrote in 1844, he, in his own way, accused Turks of mercilessly destroying God’s living image. In his poem, he claimed that Turks were living in barbarous ignorance and poverty and for that, they were very different from the English nation that built a high civilization.
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