Updated: Mar 10
As the Greek situation in their war of independence looks worse and worse, Sultan Mahmud II finally executes his masterstroke to begin reforming the Empire. But, with European sentiments towards the Greeks and Ottomans changing, the geopolitics of the Balkans are about to change dramatically.
Major Characters in this Episode
Sultan Mahmut II
Tsar Nicholas of Russia
Timeline for this Episode
1826, The massacre of the janissaries, or “auspicious incident”
1826, Akkerman Convention
1827, Treaty of London
1827, Battle of Navarino
1827-1827, the Bulgarian population of the Skopje diocese rose up against the local Greek Bishop
1828, 15,000 French soldiers land in the Peloponnese to supervise the Egyptian withdrawal. Most return home after around 8 months.
1828-9 Russo-Ottoman war leads to as many as 250,000 Bulgarian exiles
July 1828, near Shumen, a delegation arrived to the Russians and asks them to offer protection to the Bulgarians
1829, Treaty of Adrianople
1830, Treaty of London forms a Greek state