The Court of the Second Empire

The Court of the Second Empire

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ...of the Ottoman Empire and the signal for the enfranchisement of her Christian subjects. At the Congress of Paris, Lord Clarendon had seemed to favor the idea of a union under a foreign prince. But, since then, England, under the influence of Lord Stratford de Redcliffe, her ambassador at Constantinople, had completely modified her view, and now antagonized violently, in union with Austria and Turkey, the combination to which she had at first given her approval. The Grand-Vizier, Ali Pasha, said to M. Thouvenel, in July, 1856: "The former capitulations assure to the Wallachians and Moldavians princes selected from among their own nobles. We pledged ourselves ah antiquo to this condition only. The Wallachians and Moldavians cannot modify it without our consent. They become factions if they talk of a foreign prince. As to Europe, it has no more right to constrain us than it would have to oblige Austria, while leaving her the suzerainty of Hungary, to receive at Pesth a viceroy of her selection." The thesis of the Grand-Vizier, it must be owned, was in conformity with international stipulations and the English doctrine, which then defended, as a dogma, the integrity of the Ottoman Empire. Advantageously to combat the theory of Turkey, Austria, and England, it was necessary to invoke boldly the right of peoples to decide their destinies for themselves. In diplomacy this was a real revolution. When Napoleon III. proclaimed this novel principle, he was secretly blamed by nearly all French diplomatists, even by his ambassador at Constantinople, M. Thouvenel. The latter addressed at this time to his friend, M. Benedetti, director of political affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, private letters full of sharp criticisms on the...show more

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  • Paperback | 76 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236773039
  • 9781236773036