The Making of the Balkan States

The Making of the Balkan States

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The Making of the Balkan States

The Making of the Balkan States

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Within the past hundred years Turkey has lost somewhat more than two-thirds of her European territory and population. Much the larger part of this loss has gone to make up the four constitutional monarchies that are commonly called the Balkan States.

This study aims to give a brief account of the peoples in these four groups so long under Ottoman rule, and to trace somewhat in detail the movements that have led to their independence. Parts of this field already covered by special treatises have been passed over here quite briefly. The works giving the fuller treatment have usually been cited.

Only incidental references are made in this sketch to the other three groups (in Greece, Bessarabia and BosniaHerzegovina) that have also been completely separated, more or less in the same connection, from Turkey. The chief effort here has been to show the actual working of the forces that have finally added Roumania, Bulgaria, Servia and Montenegro to the family of European nations.

I gratefully acknowledge my indebtedness to Professor William M. Sloane and Professor James T. Shotwell, who have aided me with most helpful advice and criticisms.

W. S. M.

NEW YORK CITY, APRIL 18, 1910.

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