Edited By Adela Elena Popa, Hasan Arslan, Mehmet Ali Icbay and Tomas Butvilas
Historiography on the Russo-Turkish War (1877–1878): Between Continuity and Change
As for the 18th century, in the European literature, the epithets of “despotism and tyranny” were preferred for the Ottoman Empire in particular and for the East in general. With the accumulation of these epithets, a discourse was developed which accentuated the virtues of the Grand Nations of being “socialistic-humanistic,” “part in the right of self-determination of individuals and societies,” “defender of oppressed individuals and societies,” and especially being patrons of the oppressed Ottoman Christian subjects. The “European” virtues, which were mentioned in the letters and official writings delivered to Bâb-ı Âlî and in the newspaper articles, etc., formed the basis for demanding a compromise from the Ottoman State.
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