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Introduction And Review Of The Sources

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This chapter gives an introduction on Ottoman involvement in Crimean War of 1853-1856. It was fought not just in the Crimea: in the lower Danube, in the Black Sea, in the Baltic, White and Pacific Seas, and in the Caucasus. The political, economic, social and intellectual impact of the war on the Ottoman state and society are also discussed. Territorially the Ottoman Empire did not make any significant gain, but it was exhausted economically and morally. Ann Pottinger Saab's book is one of the first Western revisionist and pro-Ottoman accounts of the war, trying to understand the views of the Ottomans from their sources. Robert Edgerton's book was among the first to revise the Western notions of the role of the Ottoman soldiers and officers in this war. Virginia Aksan's book on Ottoman wars is good, but the section on the Crimean War is not based on original research.

Keywords: Baltic; Black Sea; Caucasus; Crimean War; Danube; Ottoman



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