73.2 Russo-Turkish War 1877-78

A History of Europe, Key Battles

Dec 9 2022 • 15 mins

In April 1876 news spread across Europe of appalling atrocities being committed in Bulgaria, by Turks against local uprisings. These occurred soon after similar events elsewhere in the Balkans region – in Bosnia and Serbia. The strongest reaction came from Russia where widespread sympathy for their fellow Slavs led to a nationwide surge in patriotism

A new sultan in Constantinople, Abdul Hamid II, rejects any concessions, leading to war



Music composed by Frederic Chopin - Mazurkas in C sharp minor

Picture - The Batak massacre carried out by Ottoman irregular troops in Bulgaria in 1876

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