The Diplomatic Background to the Eastern Question from Its Origins to 1821

Alexander Bitis

in Russia and the Eastern Question

Published by British Academy

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780197263273
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734700 | DOI:

Series: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Monographs

The Diplomatic Background to the Eastern Question from Its Origins to 1821

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This chapter gives an overview of the military and diplomatic history of Russo-Turkish relations from their origins to 1815. It outlines the reasons for Russian military ascendancy over its eastern neighbour. It covers the Eastern question in the Balkans, regarding the Russo-Turkish relations from 1810 to 1821; the relations between Russia, Turkey and Persia to 1813; the origins of the ‘weak neighbour’ policy. Political concerns, primarily the fear of the European powers' potentially hostile reaction to a Russian forward policy had frustrated the aims of the army in 1821. This was a precedent destined to characterize much of Russian policy during the Eastern crisis of the 1820s.

Keywords: Russia; Turkey; diplomacy; Turkish wars; Caucasus; Persia; weak neighbour policy

Chapter.  10497 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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