Thursday, August 13, 2015

The Serbians..."one of the noblest races of the human family, evidently formed by nature to play no insignificant part in the great drama of human advancement." / "Turkey." by Edson L. Clark, (c) 1878

Aleksandra's Note: Ironically, the book "Turkey" by Edson L. Clark, in which the following descriptive quote about the Serbians can be found, was published in 1878, the same year as the Berlin Congress (Congress of Berlin (13 June – 13 July 1878), during which the representatives of the Great Powers of that time (Russia, Great Britain, France, Austria-Hungary, Italy and Germany), and the four Balkan states of Greece, Serbia, Romania and Montenegro, and the Ottoman Empire [Turkish] met to determine the territories of the states in the Balkan peninsula following the Russo-Turkish War of 1877–78. The "results" of this meeting, what's commonly known as the "Berlin Congress," virtually guaranteed the inevitability of the two Balkan Wars of 1912 and 1913 and the First World War.

Just as they had throughout the many centuries of their history, during the First and Second Balkan War and the First World War the Serbians would indeed play a very significant and noble part in "the great drama of human advancement."

Sincerely,
Aleksandra Rebic

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The historic Battle of Kumanovo of October 23-24, 1912 (First Balkan War) that resulted in a significant Serbian victory over the Ottoman forces, with the Ottoman Empire finally virtually withdrawing from the Balkans after centuries of Turkish Islamic occupation.
Painting by Serbian artist Paya Jovanovich.
 

"The history of the Servians [sic] [Serbians], in both medieval and modern times, is full of interest. Not only is it perhaps the best example known to us of a Slavonic people pursuing quietly the natural course of its own proper development; but it is the history of one of the noblest races of the human family, evidently formed by nature to play no insignificant part in the great drama of human advancement."
 
 
Turkey.
 
by Edson L. Clark
1878
Dodd, Mead & Co.
New York, NY
 
 
 
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If you would like to get in touch with me, Aleksandra,
please feel free to contact me at heroesofserbia@yahoo.com
 
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1 comment:

Theodora said...

I am proud to be born a Serb and to belong to "one of the noblest races of the human family." Let's show the world what we are made of and what we can achieve even in the face of greatest adversity. Zivela Srbia!