Originally published in 1964, this volume focuses on the history of England's relations with the Near East from the death of Canning until the day when Disraeli brought back 'peace with honour' from Berlin. The period begins with the British fleet's destruction of Turkish sea-power at Naarino and ends with its protection of the Turkish capital against Russia. The aim is not a study of diplomatic or naval history, but a general narrative in which these speical features are found side by side with a study of Oriental institutions and of Balkan nationalities.
Book 1: Sultan Mahmud. Prologue: The Sword and Shield of Constantinople. 1. The Reforms of Mahmud II. 2. The Great Powers and Mahmud (1808-39). Book 2: 1839 - The Year of Victory. 3. 1839 - The Year of Victory. 4. 1840 - The Year of Defeat. 5. 1841 - The Year of Europe. Book 3: The Fruits of Reform. 6. The First Phase; Reform from the 'Rose Chamber'; Reschid (1841-2). 7. Revolt in the Lebanon and Settlement by Europe (1841-5). 8. The Insurrection in Bosnia; The War in Montenegro (1848-52); and the Austrian Intervention. 9. The Second Phase; Reform in the 'Dust Hole'; Stratford de Redcliffe. Book 4: The Fruits of Diplomacy. 10. How Czar Nicholas Negotiated. 11. How Latins and Greeks Disputed About the Holy Places. 12. How Count Leiningen Succeeded and Why Prince Mensikov Failed. 13. How Peace Ended. 14. How War Began. Epilogue.
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