Crete in the Aftermath of the 1877-78 Turkish Russian War

Crete in the Aftermath of the 1877-78 Turkish Russian War


  • Journal title: Turkish Journal of War Studies
  • ISSN: 2717-7432 (online)
  • Publisher: Mesut Uyar
  • Country of publisher: turkey
  • Date added to EuroPub: 2020/Nov/16

Subject and more

  • LCC Subject Category: International Relations, Defense, Military Science
  • Publisher's keywords: War, Rebellion, Conflict Resolution, Diplomacy, Intervention, Ottoman Empire, Britain, Greece
  • Language of fulltext: turkish, english
  • Full-text formats available: PDF
  • Time From Submission to Publication: 20


    David Barchard


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The Ottoman-Russian War of 1877-78 radically transformed power system and borders not only in the Balkans and Caucasus but also in the Agean Sea region. Balkan nations and their separatist cousins within the borders of the Ottoman Empire tried to get benefit from the Ottoman defeat at the hands of the Russians. The island of Crete is a very good example of the rise of separatism. Britain and France wanted to preserve the status quo which had been working fine for their interests for a long time. But even in these countries there were individuals who were questioning their countries policy towards Crete and the Ottoman Empire in general. The rebellion in Crete which had been initiated by the Greeks spiralled into communal fighting in a short time and forced the Great Powers for intervention. This article is the story of diplomatic reactions to the violent developments in the island.

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