Talk:Russo-Turkish War (1828–1829)
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so russia won right?
A pure piece of garbage
This article needs to be updated, the Turkish forces are enormous in this article, which is absurd, much of the information is incorrect and it seems like the page has russian benefit.
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Scorched Earth and such
The article stated: The Russian army plundered the landscape and engaged in scorched-earth tactics, which lead the an English traveller Sir Adolphus Slade to remark:' 'In some mud cabins, hard by Yeni Bazar, an advanced post of Cossacks was lodged, in great distress for want of necessaries, which they were obliged to draw from Varna, two days distance. All Bulgaria they informed me, was in the same state, not a house standing, thus confirming what a Russian officer had before told me "the Turks did some damage, but we levelled all" The reason of their wanton destruction is difficult to understand, especially among people whom they were pleased to call co-religionists, allies,&c., but whom they treated worse than serfs. Pravodi, for example, a Christian place, they levelled to the ground, although it was not attacked. The adage, " where the Spahis' hoofs tread, the grass will not grow," may be applied with more reason to the Cossacks."
By that time, Russia and Britain were political rivals. So the quote is hardly the testimony of a disinterested, unbiased witness. A claim as ridiculuous as that not a single house was standing in Bulgaria anymore is propaganda, even when it is delivered as hearsay. -- Zz (talk) 16:12, 25 November 2013 (UTC)
Slade actually served in the Ottoman navy, so he is biased. His book discusses in great detail the movements of Russian troops, and clearly states that they went only a relatively short distance inland from the Black sea coast (Svilen, Shumen, Pravodi etc.). Bulgaria did not exist as an independent country then, but as far as I can tell, people at the time would have understood "Bulgaria" to mean the territory of modern day Bulgaria plus modern day Macedonia and quite a lot of adjoining territories too, so I don't quite know what to make of his claim that not a house was standing in Bulgaria. It's pretty strange. Either his grasp of geography was very limited, or he was trusting to the ignorance of his readers. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Pignut (talk • contribs) 09:54, 18 February 2017 (UTC)
- Records of travels in Turkey, Greece, &c: and of a cruise in the Black Sea with the Capitan Pasha, Sir Adolphus Slade, page 59, 1833