Edinburgh Review, or Critical Journal Volume 103

Edinburgh Review, or Critical Journal Volume 103

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1856 edition. Excerpt: ... of saving the place would have been to defeat Mouravieff at the head of his army, or at least to compel him to retreat, and to throw stores into the place. Were these means in our power? We presume it will hardly be contended that, in the state of affairs in the Crimea, the allied commanders would have been justified in detaching a considerable portion of their European forces to operate, without preparation, on an entirely new basis in Asia; and, even if it had been possible to send troops there, the difficulty of providing supplies for the army would only have increased in the same ratio as the numbers of the allied forces. The Turkish commanders and administrators of the army in Asia Minor alone had it in their power to do something to prevent this great loss; and they unhappily left Kars to its fate, when no one else could assist that heroic garrison. Selim Pasha even refused to accept the ofier of Colonel Stewart to lead a force for the relief of the place. Meanwhile Omar Pasha had not been inactive on the coast, but it is a popular error to call his force the relieving army of Kars. The intention to relieve Kars is not to be elicited from any of his proceedings, otherwise he would have gone in the direction of that place, either by Trebizond and Erzeroum, along the regular military roads, or would have hazarded the more direct bill tracks from Batouna. He had, in the first instance, serious difficulties to surmount after landing at Suchum Kaleh from the want of transport, as well as from the disastrous sickness which had ravaged the Turkish force on that coast of fatal fevers. Even when these difficulties were surmounted, his proceedings appear to have been directed to the possession of a secure military and political basis in Abassia and...show more

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  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 472g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
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  • 1236657195
  • 9781236657190