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L'Angleterre, la France, la Russie et la Turquie.

Author David Urquhart
Title L'Angleterre, la France, la Russie et la Turquie.
Imprint Paris: Truchy
Date of Publication 1835
Language French
Notes This is the rare first French edition of a pamphlet first published in England in December 1834 as "England, France, Russia and Turkey". The work has been attributed to the English politician Richard Cobden, but also, more plausibly, to the Scottish diplomatist and writer David Urquhart (1805-1877). Urquhart spent the years 1827-34 travelling in Greece and the Balkans, having participated in the Greek war of independence, and acted as an advisor to the British government in matters relating to the Ottoman Empire and British policy in the Balkans and Middle East. Urquhart spent the summer of 1834 sailing around the Black Sea, visiting Circassian tribes who were fighting the Russians to prevent becoming part of their empire. Returning to Britain later that year Urquhart tried to drum up support for Turkey as a bulwark against Russian territorial ambitions in the Middle East and Caucasus. "England, France, Russia and Turkey" was co-written with British ambassador to Turkey, Viscount Ponsonby, as part of Urquhart's campaign to encourage British military intervention in the area. Neither author's name was revealed, perhaps in view of the political and diplomatic sensitivities involved, as the then Tory government was very much against military intervention. For this French edition additional material was included. Tensions between Britain and Russia, over the latter's territorial ambitions in the Balkans and Middle East, would culminate 20 years later in the Crimean War.
Shelfmark AB.3.216.07
Reference Sources Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Acquired on 24/06/16
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