By Denis Vovchenko

Containing Balkan Nationalism specializes in the consequences of the Bulgarian nationwide move that constructed within the context of Ottoman modernization and of eu imperialism within the close to East. The circulation aimed to accomplish the prestige of an self reliant Bulgarian Orthodox church, removal ethnic Bulgarians from the jurisdiction of the Patriarchate of Constantinople. This autonomous church prestige intended felony and cultural autonomy in the Islamic constitution of the Ottoman Empire, which famous non secular minorities instead of ethnic ones.

Denis Vovchenko indicates how Russian policymakers, intellectuals, and prelates labored including the Ottoman executive, Balkan and different diplomats, and rival church buildings, to include and defuse ethnic clash between Ottoman Christians in the course of the merchandising of supraethnic spiritual associations and identities. The predicted preparations have been frequently encouraged by way of smooth visions of a political and cultural union of Orthodox Slavs and Greeks. no matter if learned or now not, they proven the power and suppleness of supranational identities and associations at the eve of the 1st global battle. The publication encourages modern analysts and policymakers to discover the opportunity of such conventional loyalties to defuse present ethnic tensions and function natural choices to favourite versions of power-sharing and federation.

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Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Reproduction Number: LC-​USZ62- ​82347 LC-​DIG-​ppmsca- ​03794. Located outside the Top Kapi Palace complex across from the royal Gulhane Park, this building served as the seat of Ottoman government from the mid-​1600s to the end of the First World War. The hopes of Ottoman Christians were aroused by Ivan the Terrible’s conquest of the successor states of the Golden Horde—​t he Muslim khanates of Kazan, Astrakhan, and Siberia in the mid-​to late 1500s.

Their ambitions went beyond occasional raids and tribute collection. 13 The 8.  517–​518.  98. 10.  127. 11. Kartashev, Anton, Ocherki po istorii russkoi tserkvi. Vol.  313. 12.  313–​323.  Vryonis, Speros, “Nomadization and Islamization in Asia Minor,” Dumbarton Oaks Papers, 29 (1976): 41–​7 1. 23 Russian Messianism in the Christian East (1453–1853) 23 Byzantine Empire was in effect surrounded when the Ottoman conquest of the Balkans ended the independence of Serbia and Bulgaria in the aftermath of the epic battle on the Kosovo field in 1389.

487–​497; vol.  98–​102. 66.  28–​32. 67.  127. 38 38 C on t a ining B a l k a n Na tiona l ism of Peter the Great, supported Nikon’s rapid Byzantinization of the Russian church because it suited his agenda to incorporate Ukraine into his domains. Another reason Patriarch Nikon’s often clumsy and repressive actions received vital government backing was the widely shared expectation in the East that the unification of Russia and Eastern Ukraine was only the first step to reclaiming the Byzantine Empire.

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