Russian-ottoman Borderlands: The Eastern Question Reconsidered

Paperback | August 12, 2014

EditorLucien J. Frary, Mara Kozelsky

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During the nineteenth century—as violence, population dislocations, and rebellions unfolded in the borderlands between the Russian and Ottoman Empires—European and Russian diplomats debated the “Eastern Question,” or, “What should be done about the Ottoman Empire?” Russian-Ottoman Borderlands brings together an international group of scholars to show that the Eastern Question was not just one but many questions that varied tremendously from one historical actor and moment to the next. The Eastern Question (or, from the Ottoman perspective, the Western Question) became the predominant subject of international affairs until the end of the First World War. Its legacy continues to resonate in the Balkans, the Black Sea region, and the Caucasus today.
            The contributors address ethnicity, religion, popular attitudes, violence, dislocation and mass migration, economic rivalry, and great-power diplomacy. Through a variety of fresh approaches, they examine the consequences of the Eastern Question in the lives of those peoples it most affected, the millions living in the Russian and Ottoman Empires and the borderlands in between.

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During the nineteenth century—as violence, population dislocations, and rebellions unfolded in the borderlands between the Russian and Ottoman Empires—European and Russian diplomats debated the “Eastern Question,” or, “What should be done about the Ottoman Empire?” Russian-Ottoman Borderlands brings together an international group of s...

Lucien J. Frary is an associate professor of history at Rider University. Mara Kozelsky is an associate professor of history at the University of South Alabama.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:376 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:August 12, 2014Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299298043

ISBN - 13:9780299298043

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations                
Preface                       
List of Abbreviations             
 
Introduction: The Eastern Question Reconsidered
            Lucien J. Frary and Mara Kozelsky              
1 The Russian Protectorate in the Danubian Principalities: Legacies of the Eastern Question in Contemporary Russian-Romanian Relations
            Victor Taki                 
2 "Dreadful Scenes of Carnage on Both Sides": The Strangford Files and the Eastern Crisis of 1821–22
            Theophilus C. Prousis                       
3 Slaves of the Sultan: Russian Ransoming of Christian Captives during the Greek Revolution (1821–1830)
            Lucien J. Frary                       
4 Russia's Quest for the Holy Grail: Relics, Liturgics, and Great-Power Politics in the Ottoman Empire
            Jack Fairey                 
5 The Crimean War and the Tatar Exodus
            Mara Kozelsky                      
6 Russia, Mount Athos, and the Eastern Question (1878–1914)
            Lora Gerd                   
7 "Forty Years of Black Days"? The Russian Administration of Kars, Ardahan, and Batum (1877–1918)
            Candan Badem                       
8 The Idea of an Eastern Federation: An Alternative to the Destruction of the Ottoman Empire
            John A. Mazis                       
9 Squabbling over the Spoils: Late Imperial Russia's Rivalry with France in the Near East
            Ronald P. Bobroff                  
10 The Eastern Question in Turkish Republican Textbooks: Settling Old Scores with the European and the Ottoman "Other"
            Nazan Çiçek               
Epilogue: Legacies of the Eastern Question
            Lucien J. Frary and Mara Kozelsky              
 
Contributors              
Index

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“[An] important new volume, which needs to be added to many a library collection. . . . Stimulating.”—Slavic Review