Excerpt from The National Quarterly Review, Vol. 23: Nos. For June and September, 1871
Excepting Thessaly, there is no part of the mainland of European Turkey where the Hellenic, or, at least, Greek-speak ing race prevails. In Epirus there are a few places where the tongue has been preserved with remarkable purity; but in general, that province is inhabited by Albanese, Sclaves Vlachs, and similar incongruous tribes. Even in Crete, the Greeks by no means preponderate in such a way as to render the separation of that island from the Ottoman Empire an easy task. There is a large population of Turks there, cultivators of the soil, who consider themselves as much natives now as the Magyars do in Hungary, or the anglo-scots in Ireland. Besides Greeks and Turks, there are Armenians and Abadiotes in Crete; the latter of Arab race. Together with the Franks, these different nationalities form rather a motley crowd. We have doubt on these points, not from any wish to oppose the cause of Greek reconstruction and freedom, but simply with a view of showing what the obstacles are which must needs be taken into consideration whenever questions referring to the East are approached. Now, the East, if we may say so, pro jeeta nationally rather far into Central Europe.
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