The Eastern Shores of the Adriatic in 1863: With a Visit to Montenegro (Google eBook)

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R. Bentley, 1864 - Eastern question (Balkan) - 386 pages
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Page 378 - As regards the mere work of counteracting Russian aggressive policy, that can be done cheaply and easily enough, by simply paying for the annual subscription of all the restless Voivodes and Hospodars and Princes to the Kolokol, which will teach .them that there is a far different and grander Russia in the future than the old intriguing and annexing Russia, without an idea beyond the double spread-eagle of intrigue and territory. We can save our pence in this way. But we must also look to see that,...
Page 316 - VOL. i. c depth, because actually no Englishman exists who is possessed of the only qualifications which can fit him to pronounce an authoritative opinion; who combines experience with long personal intercourse, and a knowledge of their language. Turkish is sufficient only up to a certain point, yet not more than a very few real Englishmen even know that. Bulgarian itself is known to none. A very slight grammatical sketch of a dozen pages in a pink wrapper, and an Anglo-Bulgarian dictionary, form...
Page 203 - the true and intelligible division is that of religious denomination. The typical region of the Mussulmans is in the centre ;' that of the Latins is in the northern district ; and that of the Albanians in communion with the Greek Church, corresponding fairly to Epirus, is in the south, with Janina for its capital. As a whole, the Christians of the north are Roman Catholics, devotedly attached to their church...
Page 206 - Thus, for instance, the Mussulmans of Retchi celebrate the feasts of Christmas, Easter, St. Nicholas, and St. George ; and in illness or distress they are sure to send for a Catholic priest to pray for them. The tribe of Skreli derives its name from St. Charles — Shen Kerli — to whom it was anciently dedicated ; they pay tithes to the Catholic priest and join in the church festivals, although professing Islamism.
Page 205 - This lasted during the palmy days of Ottoman statesmanship and military prowess ; but as weakness and want of controlling power set in at the centre, persecution and oppression, and the long train of evils which always accompany weakness in a Mahometan state, became rife at the extremities. A large portion of the Catholic population was then fain to embrace Islam in order to avoid calamity, as well as, doubtless, to obtain a career of advancement, or to escape the imputation, and possibly the reality,...
Page 314 - ... the vast and homogeneous majority of the Christian population in European Turkey, as I have said, consists of Bulgarians; neither Greek, nor even Servian, has any right or authority to set himself up and be trusted as their spokesman ; and they themselves have said -nothing whatever upon the subject.
Page 348 - Greek in its favour, but that will not go for much with the class — still a numerous one — which looks on a Greek as moved by the same impulses and prepossessions as any other human being. But the limits of the Greek race — however they might have extended themselves thirty years ago — are now defined and fixed by that uprising of the Bulgarian nationality in an anti-Greek sense, which I have already mentioned in some detail.
Page 343 - ... actual contact and direct intercourse between the Englishman and the stranger. The two main and seemingly divergent currents of such English opinion about Turkey, as really springs from genuine intercourse with that country, appear more at variance with each other than they actually are. The diplomatist resides entirely at the capital; the provinces are to him a mere abstraction, except in recent and rare instances; and in the ordinary exercise of his profession he sees nothing but Turkey as...
Page 159 - Montenegrin hillside, and returned after three years' absence to find every single thing as he had left it. It is the old story of the devotion of a simple-minded people, and the just administration of a Homeric chieftain—all the more easily carried out in such a country as the...
Page 365 - ... their talk about themselves when not properly controlled. But we have no Englishman who knows anything whatever about Servian, about Bulgarian, or, beyond a moderate point, about Wallachian; very few who know Turkish ; fewer still who know modern Greek comprehensively, under all its various aspects: yet the language of each nationality — Turkish hardly excepted — is its life-blood. I say nothing of the Arabian countries, and have all along kept them separate from Turkey. In Arabic we are...

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