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Containing Balkan Nationalism: Imperial Russia and Ottoman Christians, 1856–1914

Denis Vovchenko


The book focuses on the implications of the Bulgarian national movement that developed in the context of Ottoman modernization (Tanzimat) and of European imperialism in the Near East (the Eastern Question). The movement aimed to separate ethnic Bulgarians from the jurisdiction of the Patriarchate of Constantinople. Independent church status meant cultural and legal autonomy in the Islamic structure of the Ottoman Empire. In 1870, the Bulgarian Exarchate was established by the Sultan’s decree without the consent of the Patriarchate of Constantinople. This inability to reach a compromise led to ... More

Keywords: power-sharing, federation, irredentism, Russo-Turkish wars, Tanzimat, Eastern Question, Pan-Slavism, Bulgarian Exarchate, Patriarchate of Constantinople

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190276676
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190276676.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Denis Vovchenko, author
Associate Professor of History, Northeastern State University