Excerpt from The Eastern Question in the Eighteenth Century: The Partition of Poland and the Treaty of Kainardji
That the truer interests of Austria lay in the other side of the Eastern Question, the future of the European and Christian provinces of Turkey, was in the eighteenth century a self evident truth. The principle of self governing races had not then been overstrained to the length of imagining Servian and Bulgarian nationalities and parliaments.' Everyone was anxious to get rid of the Turks, and all Western statesmen were anxious that Russia should not alone, if at all, reap the benefit of their expulsion. But Austria was clearly not equal to the task by herself, and the jealousies of the Courts of Europe prevented then, as now, any concerted scheme for a new map of the south-east.
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