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The myth and reality of Russian intervention and the Greek War of Independence

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The myth and reality of Russian intervention and the Greek War of Independence

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12 November 2021

Abstract

The archives generated by the Russian mission in Constantinople in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century reveal that the activity of transimperial Greek agents (Venetians, British and Ottomans) in Russian service inspired dreams of tsarist support for a Christian-led uprising against the sultan. Although St. Petersburg officially sought to prevent insurrections by “freedom fighters”, the expectation of Russian intervention drew on a rich tradition of conspiracies and prophecies that triggered the revolt to break out when it did. The myth of Russian striving for the dominance of the Orthodox East may have ended (at least for a time) with the Peace of Adrianople (1829). However, the dream of Greek national deliverance became a reality and a new phase of Hellenic history began.

(Edited abstract from conference website)

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https://dimensionsof1821.com/abstracts/#l-frary

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00:20:00

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