The North American Review Volume 26

The North American Review Volume 26

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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. 1828 edition. Excerpt: ...or if Russian despotism was less oppressive than the Turkish. Religious sympathy was awakened; a hostile feeling to a foreign race revived; the thought of the restoration of Greece captivated the imagination, and it seemed the more splendid and pleasing, that the beautiful design was to be executed by a woman. The 'tocsin of the kings' was sounded by Voltaire; Dohm. Vol. II. pp. 365-381. Vol. xxvi.--No. 59. 39 and he advocated the war of extermination of the Turks, sometimes with fanatical fervor, sometimes with jests and gallantry. 'Barbarians, ' said he, 'who despise the fine arts and shut up the women, deserve to be exterminated; and it is meet for a heroine to chastise them for their contempt of the fair.' 'I really think, ' wrote Catharine to Voltaire, 'I must soon go to some university to study Greek.' But if the many applauded, the cabinets opposed. England, though otherwise friendly to Russia, could not favor the banishment of the Turks from Europe; and the union of the Russian and Austrian cabinets aroused the attention of France. For France was interested in maintaining the Porte, because it could furnish so much occupation to powers hostile to France; and still more, for the immense injury, which the French commerce would sustain by the ruin of Turkey. Is there another example in all history of commercial advantages conceded, such as were secured to France by the Porte? Into all the Turkish possessions the French might import and export every kind of raw or manufactured product, paying a duty nominally of three, actually of two and a half per cent. Not only other nations, the Turks themselves paid a double, and on some things, a threefold greater duty. The coasting trade on the Turkish coasts was carried on in French ships, free...show more

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  • Paperback | 246 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 445g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236779541
  • 9781236779540