European Revolutions and the Ottoman Balkans: Nationalism, Violence and Empire in the Long Nineteenth-Century edited by Dimitris Stamatopoulos

“About European Revolutions and the Ottoman Balkans

The emergence of the Balkan national states in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries has long been viewed through an Orientalist lens, and their birth and evolution traditionally seen by scholars as the effect of the Ottoman Empire’s decline. As a result, the role played by the great European revolutions, wars and intellectual developments is often neglected.

Rejecting these traditional Orientalist narratives, this work examines Balkan nationalist movements within their broader European historical contexts. Drawing on a range of unused archival research and ranging from the Napoleonic era to the Bolshevik Revolution, contributors variously consider the complex roles played by Europe’s internal geo-political ruptures in forming the Balkan states, and demonstrate how the Balkan intelligentsia drew inspiration from, and interacted with, contemporary European thought. Shedding light onto the strong intellectual, political and military interconnections between the regions, this is essential reading for all those studying Balkan and European history, as well as anyone interested in the question of national identity.”

“Table of contents

1. Dimitris Stamatopoulos, Introduction: War and Revolution. A Balkan perspective
2. Jonathan Israel, The Revolutionary and Napoleonic Era as a decisive Transition for Europe (1789-1815)
3. B. Harun Küçük, Emulating Petrine Russia: Thick Mechanicism and the Foundations of Government in Istanbul after the Rebellion of 1730
4. Antoaneta Petkova, Military Reforms as Diplomatic Bargaining Chip. French-Ottoman Relations at the End of the Eighteenth Century
5. Vasilis Molos, Contextualizing the Writings of Iosipos Moisiodax and Dimitrios Katartzis: A Reassessment of the Influence of the Orlov Revolt on Greek Thought
6. Dimitris Stamatopoulos, The Cross along with The Crescent: Interpreting the Balkan National Revolutions through a Failed One
7. Dilek Özkan *, The final phase of the Greek Revolution: delimitation, determination and demarcation of the first Greek boundary in Ottoman sources
8. Evguenia Davidova, Echoes of Tumultuous Wars: Prosperity and Poverty of the Balkan Entrepreneurial Strata (1800s-1880s)
9. Klara Volaric, Balkan Perceptions of War and Revolution: Reactions of Croatian intellectuals on the Austria-Hungarian Occupation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
10. Dobrinka Parusheva, Uprisings, Revolutions and Wars: Visual Representations in Bulgarian Illustrated Press at the End of the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century
11. Aleksandra Kolakovic, Serbia and Serbs in the Great War – the perception of French intellectuals
12. Banu Turnaoglu, The New Ottoman Conception of War, State and Society in the Prelude to the First World War
13. Nikos Christofis, War, Revolution, and Diplomacy: The October Revolution of 1917 and the Turkish Anatolian Resistance Movement, 1919-1922
14. Hervé Georgelin, Reflexions on World War I as Experienced and Formalized by Segments of the Civil Population in Istanbul/Constantinople and Izmir/Smyrna.”