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By F. B. Singleton, D. F. Bratchell and E. F. Candlin (Auth.)

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ISBN-13: 9780080112084

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For example, in 1812 the Tsar's ministers sensed that an invasion of their country by Napoleonic France was imminent, and in order to concentrate their efforts against it they were anxious to wind up the war with Turkey as quickly as possible. They abandoned their Serbian allies and the Turks soon re-established themselves in Belgrade. Karageorge fled to Austria, and the Second Serbian Rising, which took place in 1814, found a new leader, Milos Obrenovic. When Karageorge returned to his country, Milos had him murdered.

By the middle of the fourteenth century they had advanced through Asia Minor and over the Bosphorus into south-eastern Europe. The city of Byzantium resisted them until 1453, but by that time Ottoman power already extended throughout the Balkans. The Bulgars were subdued in 1371, and in 1389 the Serbs were defeated at the battle of Kosovo Polje (the field of the blackbirds). Kosovo Polje lies on the route between the Aegean and the Danube, close to the historic routeway of the VardarMorava Corridor.

They returned home with more than an ability to speak fluent French and to ape the manners of Western European society. They brought back also the ideas of liberalism which had not died in France with the defeat of Napoleon. Thus Eastern Europe was never the same after the passage of Napoleon. Although the Russian and Austrian Empires emerged apparently unscathed, and seemed to have succeeded in putting thje clock back by a quarter of a century in the settlement they reached at the Congress of Vienna, the cement which bound their system together had been permanently loosened by the activities of the "Corsican upstart".

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