Foreign officers and regular discipline produced their effect upon the tr00ps of a naturally warlike nation; but then came the death of Sultan Mahmoud, and the reins of government fell into the hands of a child; a clever one, no doubt. And full of h0pe for the future, but necessarily inexperienced, and consequently ill calculated to struggle single-handed against so overwhelming an enemy as Russia. That he has aheady done much, and more than could have been anticipated under the circumstances, is certain but even the undeniable progress which Turkey has made during the last twenty years has necessarily still left it so far in arrear, both socially and politically, of the Western nations, that, jealous as Russia may be presumed to feel of the ameliorations introduced alike by father and son, it is probable that she would yet have looked on quietly for a time, had not the generous nature of the young abdul-medjid prompted him to disregard the exigencies of his own position, and to emulate England in her proud privilege of affording a refuge and a home to the political exiles of other countries. The sword of Russia was steeped even to the very hilt in the best blood of Poland and Hungary; she had spared neither the glaive nor the whip; neither age nor sex; she had sought to blot out two brave and noble nations from the map of Europe; and it was to the proscribed of these very nations that the hitherto despised young Moslem emperor extended the hand of amity and protection.
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Publisher - Forgotten Books
Language - English
Author(s) - Julia Pardoe
Published Date - August 24 2019
ISBN - 9780266824008
Dimensions - 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.3 cm
Page Count - 189
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