Nationality In Modern History

Paperback | May 11, 2012

byJohn Holland Rose

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1916 Excerpt: ...among the Turks; and Sultan Mahmud II made peace with Russia, conceding among other things further rights to the Serbs. Thus a second time Russia befriended the Slavs of the Balkans, and they (the Bulgars included) acknowledged her as their champion. In 1842 Serbia (now enlarged) refashioned her popular Assembly, so that what had been merely a mass meeting of warriors became an organized representative body. Thus the Serbs were the first of the lesser Slav peoples to develop constitutional rule, albeit of a very crude and primitive type. This fact is far more significant than the sanguinary strifes between the rival Houses of Karageorge and Obrenovich. Those struggles, culminating in the murder of King Alexander in 1903, are relics of a barbarous past; but they have not very seriously retarded the progress of the people at large. That progress is what really matters; and the acts by which a community of peasants step by step won its freedom from the warlike Turks and then gradually attained to self-government bespeak not only tenacious bravery, but also a political capacity of no mean order. In the nineteenth century nationalism which is limited solely to military exploits counts for little. As Napoleon once remarked, the civilian is a wider man than a mere warrior, because "the method of the soldier is to act despotically; that of the civilian is to submit to discussion, truth, and reason." Similarly, a people which excels in the affairs of peace must in the long run surpass one which, like the Turks, devotes itself almost exclusively to war. In fact, nothing is more remarkable than the manner in which the Christian peoples of the Balkans though often defeated and massacred, have slowly but surely outstripped their Ottoman conquerors and persecut...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1916 Excerpt: ...among the Turks; and Sultan Mahmud II made peace with Russia, conceding among other things further rights to the Serbs. Thus a s...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:66 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.14 inPublished:May 11, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217970621

ISBN - 13:9780217970624

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