The Mission of Colonel Robert Loyd-Lindsay in Serbia in 1876 Cover Image

Мисија Роберта Лојда-Линдзија у Србији 1876. године
The Mission of Colonel Robert Loyd-Lindsay in Serbia in 1876

Author(s): Miloš O. Ković
Subject(s): History
Published by: Istorijski institut, Beograd
Keywords: Philanthropy; Red Cross; foreign policy; great powers; Great Britain; Serbia; the Ottoman Empire; Russia

Summary/Abstract: At the time of the Serbian-Turkish war of 1876, Colonel Robert Loyd- Lindsay was sent to Belgrade on behalf of the ‘British National Society for Aid to the Sick and Wounded in War’, the British branch of the International Red Cross Society. Besides providing medical help to the Serbian soldiers, Loyd-Lindsay was sending information about the poor state of Serbia’s army to the British authorities, which were pursuing strongly pro-Turkish policy at that time. After his return, he was openly using knowledge gathered during his humanitarian mission in order to criticise Serbia and its ally Russia, and to support the policy of the British Government. Later on, he officially entered the state service as the Financial Secretary in the War Ministry. In that capacity, he actively worked on the preparations for the war against Russia and possibly, its ally Serbia. Thus, the case of the Colonel Robert Loyd-Lindsay’s mission in Serbia in 1876 demonstrates how, in the foreign policy of the Victorian Britain, the borders between “civil society” and the state could be easily crossed.

  • Issue Year: 2011
  • Issue No: 60
  • Page Range: 377-391
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: Serbian