Turkey and the Crimean War: A Narrative of Historical Events
Published in 1867, this book discusses the Crimean War from a pro-Turkish perspective. Sir Adolphus Slade (1804-77) covers the history of Ottoman military development as well as the origins of the Eastern Question, and the events leading to the outbreak of war. As a naval officer, whose Records of Travels in Turkey, Greece, &c., and of a Cruize in the Black Sea, with the Capitan Pasha is also reissued in this series, he was lent to the Turkish fleet in 1849 and took the name Mushaver Pasha. For seventeen years he worked to overhaul the navy, especially the defences of the Bosphorus, and his successes made him impatient with the allied French and British fleets. In 1854, an argument with their Admirals led to his removal from active service, and to a bitterness reflected in this book, which nevertheless provides a fascinating perspective on the war's diplomatic and military complexities.
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Sir Adolphus Slade (Mushavir Pasha) was a British naval advisor in the Ottoman navy from 1849 to 1858 and admiral of the port of Istanbul from 1858 to 1866. He had visited Istanbul in the 1830's and written travel books on the Ottoman Empire. His pen is sharp and witty, his observaitons and insights are deep. During the Crimean War at times he defended Ottoman interests against allied (British and French) fleets. He even fell out with Lord Stratford de Redcliffe, the British ambassador in Constantinople.
Russian historian Evgeny Tarle has accused him of desertion at the battle of Sinope on 30 November 1853. However Slade's steamer Taif, as well as the sail ships of the Ottoman squadron did not have a chance against the much stronger Russian squadron.
I have drawn upon this book in my book The Ottoman Crimean War (Brill 2010).
Tunceli University, Turkey
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