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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