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Russian View of the War of 1877 - 78

Author(s): Tina Georgieva
Subject(s): History
Published by: Институт за балканистика с Център по тракология - Българска академия на науките
Keywords: Slavophils, messianism, Eastern Question, ideology, East-West confrontation

Summary/Abstract: The purpose of this article is to state the ideas that gained popularity particularly in the years of the Eastern Crisis, as well as to present the position of that part of Russian society for whom the 1877 – 1878 war became a fateful moment for Russia in the aspects of both internal and foreign policies. The defenders of the active foreign policy saw the 1877 – 78 war as a chance for Russia to strengthen its positions as a leading power in the region. Slavophil circles perceived the war as an opportunity for Russia to fulfil its Slavonic and Orthodox mission. The conservative part of the society relied on the patriotism revived by the war to result in a reconsideration of Alexander II’s course of internal reforms. Their anti-western public speaking, their appeal for retreat towards Russian originality reflected their discontent in the liberal and Pro-European government of the Emperor. The combination of Slavophil concepts with expectations for a conservative turn of Russia added to the specifics of patriotic upsurge in the year of the Eastern crisis and became a distinctive characteristic of Russian interpretation of the 1877 – 78 war.

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 40-58
  • Page Count: 19
  • Language: Russian