[Russo-Turkish War.] Die Ubersteigung des Balkan.
Etching with original hand colour. Sheet 170 x 205mm (6¾ x 8"). Trimmed.
A scene from Russo-Turkish War (1827-29): the Russian army under the German general Hans Karl von Diebitsch crossing the Balkans to threaten Constantinople in August 1829. They were within 40 miles of the city when the Sultan sued for peace. The war started after the Russians helped the Greek independence movement fight the Battle of Navarino in 1827: the Turks closed the Dardanelles to Russian ships and revoked the Akkerman Convention. The war ended with the Treaty of Adrianople, which increased Russian dominance around the Black Sea area and Georgia, and, most importantly, forced the Sultan to promise autonomy for Greece.
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