Imperial Undertakings and Balkan Misfortunes

Miloš Ković

in Disraeli and the Eastern Question

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199574605
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595134 | DOI:
Imperial Undertakings and Balkan Misfortunes

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Following his triumphant return from the Congress of Berlin, Disraeli continued, though with less attention, to follow the still tense situation in the East. Through fresh threats, he managed to force Russia to withdraw its troops from Thrace, Eastern Rumelia, and Bulgaria. When it came to the demarcation of borders in the Balkans, he sided with the Albanian League, counting on the Albanians as the last allies of the Sultan. In the disagreements between the Porte and Austria‐Hungary, however, he sided with the latter. It was in Austria‐Hungary that, particularly in the western Balkans, he saw the ally of Britain. Finally, the occupation of Cyprus, the demands for reforms in Asia Minor and the proposed reforms to the Sultan's finances revealed the ambitions of Disraeli and Salisbury for Britain's advance into Asian Turkey, following the model of the advance into India.

Keywords: Russia; Bulgaria; Eastern Rumelia; Albanians; Albanian League; Cyprus; Asian Turkey

Chapter.  4509 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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