Turkey and the Crimean War: A Narrative of Historical Events

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 26, 2012 - History - 482 pages
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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).
Candan Badem
Tunceli University, Turkey
 

Contents

CHAPTER I
1
CHAPTER II
24
CHAPTER III
46
CHAPTER IV
69
CHAPTER V
79
CHAPTER VI
92
CHAPTER VII
105
CHAPTER VIII
116
CHAPTER XVII
222
CHAPTER XVIII
237
CHAPTER XIX
250
CHAPTER XX
272
CHAPTER XXI
286
CHAPTER XXII
298
CHAPTER XXIII
310
Partial Failure of the ExpeditionFeelings of the allied Generals
325

CHAPTER IX
126
corrrnn
139
CHAPTER XI
152
CHAPTER XII
164
CHAPTER XIII
181
CHAPTER XIV
189
CHAPTER XV
201
CHAPTER XVI
211
CHAPTER XXV
336
CHAPTER XXVI
350
CHAPTER XXVII
374
CHAPTER XXVIII
386
CHAPTER XXIX
406
CHAPTER XXX
425
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