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Russian-Turkish Relations in the mid. of 19th Cent. and Russian Society Russian-Turkish Relations in the mid. of 19th Cent. and Russian Society

Andrey Boldyrev

Russian-Turkish Relations in the mid. of 19th Cent. and Russian Society


Еditor: Svetlana Oreshkova

Izdatel`stvo MBA

Moskva, 2013, 496 pages

ISBN: 978-5-906325-68-6

This monograph is devoted to the Russian-Turkish relations viewed through the prism of Russia’s public opinion shaped within the period when complications in the relations between Russia and the Ottoman Empire came to the surface. The author explores such problems as the consequences of the Crimean War for Russia’s ruling and public circles, the slave trade in the Black Sea region and the attitude of the Russian society to these issues, as well as Russia’s stance towards the abolition of the Black Sea “neutralization” policies in the period when certain articles of the 1856 Paris Treaty were revised. The author specifically maintains that the attitude of the Russian society towards Turkey was determined by the policy of the Ottoman government in the Black Sea region. From the mid. of 1850s until early 1870s Russia and Turkey were engaged in pursuing sharply different political objectives in the Black Sea region. For this reason, the Russian society considered Turkey as a country seeking to secure a system that would undermine the position of Russia as a great European power. The traditionally hostile attitude to the Ottoman Empire also influenced the general view held by the public circles. The author notes that military and political aspects were prevailing in the public discourse regarding Turkey. As a result, most of the Russian society members believed that the gradual disintegration of the Ottoman Empire was in line with the Russian interests. The book is interesting not only for experts in the history of Russian-Turkish relations, but also for a wide readership.

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