Ap Euro Dbq Greek Revolutions

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In the aftermath of the French revolution and the Napoleonic wars, a clash of ideologies would arise between the repressive conservatives and the nationalistic liberals within Europe. Conservatism was forcibly implemented by Metternich and his alliances, which primarily fought against liberal revolts that erupted in countries who rejected the autocratic rule and were influenced by the political ideas that essentially emerged within the Napoleonic era. However, among these various liberal revolts that were for most part repressed by the Great Powers of Europe, a national revolution within Greece against the Ottoman Turks succeeded and were actually supported by various European nations. Although there were various opinions about the Greek character …show more content…

The Ancient Greeks contributed many things that shaped modern society including ideas about architecture and construction, medicine, government, and the world as a whole. When viewing the Greeks fight for independence against the Ottoman Turks, many considered what the Greeks had done for their current world. This is highlighted in a poem written by Sneyd Davis in doc 1., in which it emphasizes how wrong it is that a “stupid Turk” is proclaiming ignorance in a place that a well respected Ancient Greek philosopher named Plato used to teach. Essentially, Davis expresses the idea that it is disrespectful to the Greeks and what they have done for society with teachings from many people such as Plato for the Turks to be oblivious to the Greeks significance when expressing their preachings. However, it is important to notice that Sneyd Davis is recognized as a writer, so he would inherently sympathize with the intellectual aspects of Greek culture since he is likely to be educated, and view the Turks as unappreciative of their …show more content…

This is first expressed in doc. 2 in an order from the Turkish sultan Mustapha III, for which he commands his governor in northern Greece to repress and get rid of the Greek people who are inciting rebellion and stealing things from the Turks. Mustapha III views the Greeks as “evildoers” that are just stirring up trouble. However, since Mustapha III is the Turkish sultan, so he is obviously against the Greeks winning their independence and would highlight them in a very harsh light as he did within this document. This negative opinion about the Greeks during the Greek revolution is also expressed in doc. 9, for which Vahid Pasha expresses her viewpoint that the Greek revolution was nothing but drunkards parading around and being loud without any valid reason of protesting since their only justification for liberation came from old, mythical prophecies. This shows the negative light at which some saw the Greeks and also emphasizes the opinion that some people had about the Greeks having no valid reason for the revolution. Yet, it is critical to notice that Vahid Pasha is a Turkish provincial governor, so he is already biased towards the Ottoman empire, and will already perceive the Greeks in a negative way. He will also would be unable to agree with the reasoning behind the Greek revolution since he is in support of the Ottoman empire and its initial control

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