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The Dissenters Volume IIIThe Crisis and Conscience of Nonconformity$
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Michael R. Watts

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198229698

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198229698.001.0001

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‘The right of the people to judge for themselves’

‘The right of the people to judge for themselves’

Bulgaria and Ireland

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The Dissenters Volume III

Michael R. Watts

Oxford University Press

This chapter first describes the insurrection that arose in Bulgaria the late nineteenth century, which led to the massacre of Bulgarian Christians by Turkish troops. That such outrages could be committed against their fellow Christians provoked furious anger among many Britons, including Nonconformists with their traditional sympathy for oppressed peoples. The discussions then turn to how the campaign against the Turkish atrocities in Bulgaria helped rebuild the alliance between Gladstone and the Dissenters; Dissenters' renewed support for the Liberal party; Nonconformists' objection to Irish Home Rule; and the growing mutual inter-dependence of the Liberal party and the Nonconformist chapels.

Keywords:   Bulgaria, Christians, Nonconformists, Gladstone, Liberal party, Irish Home Rule

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