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The Crimean War

Nov-08-2000 at 11:54 PM (UTC+3 Nineveh, Assyria)

The Crimean War and its impact on Assyrians

The Crimean War was fought from October 1853 until February 1856 between the Russians on one side and the British, French and Ottoman Turks on the other. The direct cause of the war was the Russians claim to exercise protection over the Orthodox Christians who were subjects of the Ottoman sultan, and a dispute between Russia and France over Russian Orthodox and Roman Catholic monks at the holy places in Palestine.

During the Crimean War, and the Russian-Turkish War from 1876-1878, the Turks had European allies who fought with them against Russia. The Russians saw in the Crimean War a breach of Christian European solidarityin particular on the part of France and England. The Roman Catholic Bishop of France, representing the position of the Vatican, expressed sanctioned Frances part in the war. The Crimean War was then sanctified as a crusade against the heresy of Photius, the Byzantine Patriarch who in 863 had been condemned by the pope. Keep in mind that the Church and its Patriarchate at Constantinople has broken away from Rome because of the great schism of 1054. Pope Urbanus II (1089-1099) issued the call in Clermont Ferrant (France) for what would become the 1st crusade. In 1098 the crusaders occupied Antioch, and instituted a Latin hierarchy there. The break between East and West of 1054 was definitely fixed in the 4th crusade (1202-1204), when Constantinople was occupied by the crusaders and plundered. Hence the subjection of the church in the East was in line with the wish of the pope.

As soon as France was recognized by the sultan as the protector of his Roman Catholic subjects, the Russian Tsar sent an emissary to Constantinople in February 1853 in order to demand guardianship over all the Orthodox Christians under the Turkish sultan. When Turkey did not accede to the Russian request, Tsar Nicolas I (1796-1855) occupied in reprisal in June 1853 the Danube principalities of Walachia and Moldavia, ruled by the Ottoman Turks. Turkey declared war on Russia on October 23, 1853. And on March 27, 1854, France and England in turn declared war on Russia. It was not until after the fall of Sevastopel in September 10, 1855, that Russia accepted provisional terms for surrender on February 1, 1856. And on March 30, 1856, the so-called Treaty of Paris was signed, in which the integrity of the Ottoman Empire was guaranteed.

It is said that the Crimean War and the Treaty of Paris were the decisive turning point for the eastern Christianity in the Middle East. The defeat of the Russian Army in the Crimean War meant the dominance of the Western French-English alliance throughout the Ottoman Empire. Roman Catholic Church backed by the French power enjoyed greater authority over the Christians and began its rapid expansion throughout the Ottoman Empire using all feasible methods, monetary, force, and persuasion converting already Christians and churches to Catholicism.

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