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Travels in the Slavonic provinces of Turkey-in-Europe


Travels in the Slavonic provinces of Turkey-in-Europe

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    Georgina Mary Muir Mackenzie Sebright
Excerpt from book: CHAPTER V. BULGARIA VIEWED FROM SALONICA.—PART I. " The entrance of Russia into the political system of the European nations was marked by an attempt to take Constantinople,—a project which it has often revived, and which the progress of Christian civilisation seems to indicate must now be realised at no very distant date, unless the revival of the Bulgarian kingdom to the south of the Danube create a new Slavonian power in the east of Europe capable of arresting its progress."—Finlay's History of the Byzantine Empire, p. 223. " As for the Bulgarians, whether they remain yet awhile under Turkish rule or free themselves from it in our own time, as they must ultimately do sooner or later, it is in them alone that one can see any really hopeful prospect, on taking a broad general view of the probable future of these countries. This is afforded by their numerical preponderance: their utter primitiveness, which has learned nothing, and has nothing to unlearn: their industry and thrift: their obstinacy : and their sobriety of character."—Lord Stranoford. "XUE have said that Salonica is geographically Bulgarian: in other words, it is one of the ports of that country with a Slavonic-speaking population which stretches from the JEgean to the Danube. Indeed, Salonica itself forms a point on the ethnographical boundary which, in this part of Turkey in Europe, divides the Slavonic population from the Greek. To a certain extent this frontier coincides with the line of the old Eoman road between Salonica and the Lake of Ochrida: nevertheless some miles of country, inhabited by Bulgarians, streteh south of the Via Egnatia, Greek colonies lie to the north of it, and in the towns the population is mixed, in part consisting of Osmanli Turks. The other boundary cities are Monastir, Voden...   show more
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