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Alexander Bitis

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263273

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263273.001.0001

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State Propaganda and Public Opinion during the Campaigns of 1828–1829

State Propaganda and Public Opinion during the Campaigns of 1828–1829

(p.378) 10 State Propaganda and Public Opinion during the Campaigns of 1828–1829
Russia and the Eastern Question

Alexander Bitis

British Academy

This chapter, on public opinion, charts the growth and spread of nationalist sentiment in educated society during the Turkish war. It reveals the tension between the popular demand for unilateral, expansionist action and the conservative official tsarist policy which aimed at the conservation of the Ottoman Empire. It shows that official coverage of the 1828–9 war turned this conflict into the Russian Empire's first ‘media war’, and gave rise to the idea that popular nationalist sentiment might be harnessed as a means of ensuring the future stability of the regime. The discussion also considers the origins of the Third Section; the quest for social stability in 1826–9; the Cult of Nicholas; and public opinion during the 1829 campaign.

Keywords:   public opinion, Turkish war, tsarist policy, Ottoman Empire, Russian Empire, media war, Cult of Nicholas

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