Dbq-Greek Ottoman Empire

2069 Words Apr 20th, 2008 9 Pages
The greeks, between the eighteenth century and early nineteenth century, fought for independence from the Ottoman impire. In 1821, when the Greeks revolted against Ottoman turk rule, the Concert of Europe was hardly invoked at all. The cries for freedom from that home of ancient democracy excited liberals throughout Europe, and early demonstration of the power of nationalist movements that would be repeated throughout the century. By 1827, British and French fleets intervened to support the Greek's outburst for freedom, with help from many of Europe's countries, greece finally gained independence in 1829. During their struggle for independence, there was a variety of views coming from people throughout Europe. Many European countries …show more content…
O Greeks, learn forever that the weapons of justice are unconquerable, and that Ottomans will flee from the armed Greeks..the Greeks are neither savage nor of worthless spirit, as are their enemies...The hour has approached, O Greeks, for the liberation of our motherland!" (doc 6) This pamphlet was published in Italy, since italy was not imperialistic, they had nothing against the ottoman Empire, although they were very nationalsitic. For that reason, the Italian people think it is fair and right for the greeks to gain freedom. They believe that no country should have to be ruled by anyone but themselves, as a result, they support the Greeks in every way gaining the right of freedom. Percy Bysshe Shelley, and English poet, wrote is a preface to his poem "Hellas" (Greece), in 1821, "Greece; and the wise and generous policy of England would consist in establishing the independence of Greece, and it maintaining it against both Russia and the Turks" (doc 7) This statement is incredibly biased. England, during this time, was in a competition against both Russia and the Turks. They were all (especially England) imperialistic countries, up against each other to conquer the majority of Europe. That would make this statement biased as the person writing it is English, they want to Greece to gain independence for the pure selfish reason so their own country can be in "higher power" compared to the Ottoman Empire. Edward Blaquiere, an English
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